Moses did exactly as the LORD had commanded him.
On the first day of the first month of the second year
the Dwelling was erected.
It was Moses who erected the Dwelling.
He placed its pedestals, set up its boards, put in its bars,
and set up its columns.
He spread the tent over the Dwelling
and put the covering on top of the tent,
as the LORD had commanded him.
He took the commandments and put them in the ark;
he placed poles alongside the ark and set the propitiatory upon it.
He brought the ark into the Dwelling and hung the curtain veil,
thus screening off the ark of the commandments,
as the LORD had commanded him. EX 40:16-21
God gives Moses instructions on how to keep the house of the Lord holy and reverent. God really does dwell in His houses all over the world in Churches. Today, Jesus is in every tabernacle in every Catholic Church. Take some time to visit a Church when Mass is not going on. Look at the stain glass windows, kneel before the tabernacle in the sanctuary, do the Stations of the Cross, bless yourself with holy water and remind yourself of your Baptism and that these same waters unite every Baptized Catholic, powerful. Our behavior and mindset must change when we enter a Catholic Church. We must realize the most powerful things God can do for our souls is going on. We cannot see it, we cannot feel it, but this is the place we go back to the foot of the Cross on our altars and kneel before Jesus, offer up all of our prayers, works, joys, and sufferings, and then actually put Jesus Christ, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in us. God cannot do any more, this is what He chose to keep Jesus with us until He returns for the final judgment. The final judgment leads us to the Gospel today.
Jesus said to the disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
“Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied,
“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom
both the new and the old.”
When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there. MT 13:47-53
Jesus is speaking a parable about the Second Coming. The final judgment. All Spirits will be judged as spiritually alive or spiritual garbage. Those who have kept the Commandments, stayed faithful to the Sacraments, prayed, did good deeds, took care of the lease of His people, and ultimately were always open to God’s grace and reconciled with Him when they fell, will be worthy of eternal life. Those who openly chose to be selfish, knowing God and His commands, willfully disregarded God as good, willfully chose not to reconcile themselves, become spiritual garbage. God is everywhere all of the time in heaven, on earth, and in hell. A person who willfully does not choose to follow God’s will, be selfish, and not ask for forgiveness is spiritually dead and when God is with them in hell this is hell for them. Last, this final judgment can be tied to All Saints day and All Souls day tomorrow. Take time to ask for all saints to intercede for you to stay strong on your faith journey, hope that all of our deceased relatives are in heaven, and pray for all souls in purgatory. Only be the prayers in heaven and our prayers on earth can the souls in purgatory be lifted into heaven. Make a small wall of remembrance on paper with all deceased relatives on it and pray for them during your meal times. One day we too may be in purgatory and need the help of these souls who hopefully we helped pray into heaven. ”Prayer changes things”.
Today’s challenge: Go to a Church to pray and spend time with Jesus when it is not Mass time. Pray for the living and the dead-a Spiritual work of mercy
Become a saint!