In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus uses short parables to tell of his final coming at the end of time – though the exact time is not known. He reminds his followers to be ever watchful.

Jesus came to bring God’s love into the world by teaching and healing. He chose 12 apostles to begin his church. They listened to his teaching, heard him pray to God the Father, saw him forgive sinners, heal the sick and even bring the dead back to life. Jesus sent the apostles out to the world to preach the Gospel, to heal, to forgive and to share God’s love.

At baptism, we became members of the church Jesus built – the Body of Christ, with Jesus as the head of the Body. We were anointed with chrism – baptized “into Christ” to be sharers in his life. Trusting in his grace and help, Jesus wants us to share his Good News with others. By our lives, we are to continue Jesus’ work and mission on earth as faithful stewards of the life, talents and gifts with which we have been blessed.

In late April at a Mass where he confirmed 44 young people, Pope Francis said,

“Remaining steadfast in the journey of faith, with firm hope in the Lord, is the secret of our journey. There are no difficulties, trials or misunderstandings to fear, provided we remain united to God as branches to the vine, provided we do not lose our friendship with him, provided we make ever more room for him in our lives. We must undergo many trials if we are to enter the Kingdom of God, but do not be discouraged. We have the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome these trials!”  

“In God we trust!”