Watching the evening news or paying too much attention to social media can be very distressing. We see anger and hatred, mean spiritedness, protests, trials and tribulations.
It might seem that the world is falling apart and social stability is coming unraveled. We have a tendency to get caught up in all this negativity and it can consume us.
This focus on doom and gloom can overwhelm us. But we must realize that this has happened throughout all of human history.
If we become to caught up in this doomsday thinking we can begin to lose sight of hope. This leads to anxiety and depression and despair. Often we go through periods where we feel everything is crumbling.
Instead of all this negative thinking, wouldn’t we rather think of ourselves as God’s elect, God’s chosen ones? Wouldn’t we rather have our sins taken away by participating in Jesus’ sacrifice?
Wouldn’t we rather be guarded by the Archangel Saint Michael? Wouldn’t we rather see the Son of Man coming on the clouds?
The Book of Hebrews says that the sacrifice of Jesus is offered for the forgiveness of sins.
There is someone who has stepped into history to absorb all of this negativity. There is someone who says, “I am offering myself in sacrifice for all to overcome all that is evil.” That’s an extraordinary thing. The sacrifice of Jesus is offered so that we can be part of God’s elect.
We are told that God will gather the elect and Michael will guard the elect. We are the elect. Or at least we can choose to be God’s people by loving God and our neighbor.
It is much more important to Jesus how we live in this world rather than what will happen to us when this world ends.
It’s as if Jesus is saying to us, “I want you to be alert. I want you to be fully alive, to live fully alive. I don’t want you to be alarmed about what happens around you. I don’t want you to be be afraid.
“I want you to be my elect. I want God my Father to gather you and Michael the Archangel to protect you. I want you to be filled with gladness and thanksgiving.”
Watching the evening news or paying too much attention to social media can be very distressing.
But if we stay close to Jesus and accept the sacrifice he offered for us then we are protected from all the doom and gloom around us.