Nothing has changed that is truly necessary for our salvation.
We are still called to be saints.
We are still called to carry our crosses, new ones as well as those already familiar to us.
We are still called to work out our salvation in fear and trembling.
In Him, our holy Eucharist, Whom we celebrate, and Whom we adore in this sacred Mass, the Cross and the graces of heaven are brought together in the suffering and rising King of heaven and earth.
It is how we carry our crosses in union with Him, in the grace of He Who is our Eucharist, that makes our faith most evident and shows to us and to the world the power of Christ in our lives; in those moments, in this moment, we have the greatest consolation of heaven possible on this earth.
Never in our brief sojourn through this vale of tears does the promise of our eternal salvation shine forth with greater power and strength than it does in moments like these.
God could never, would never abandon us anymore than He could go back and undo the perfect sacrifice of salvation in the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross.
It is in precisely such moments as this that we learn to love the Lord more through the “growing pains” of the heart on the cross. We can only thank Him for this immeasurable gift.
Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever.