I’m outta here early today

Gonna go to my brother’s house, play in the lake, sleep under the stars, have a party, and go to Mass. It doesn’t get any better than that.

By the way, let me just say that I am as firmly convinced as ever that God is in charge, that our light and momentary sufferings are winning for us an eternal weight of glory, and that Jesus Christ still knows the way out of the grave. This blog, being rather newsy, focuses (perhaps overmuch) on this passing world, which we know from revelation has been subjected to frustration. In order to counter that, it is vital to remember that this is not the end of the story:

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (Romans 8:18-25)

That’s not just religious jargon, that is a laser-accurate diagnosis of Reality. And it is the key to the proper perspective on all our present woes, whether it be scandal, war, or the Boston Red Sox. If reading all this stuff about Scandal get you down as it does me, work on memorizing this passage. This creation is just the mock-up. It exists so that God can bring about the New Creation of the New Heavens and the New Earth. It’s not the end of the story.