Today's readings can be kinda terrifying, right? Suns going black, Saint Michael arising, stars falling, horror, and distress...yikes. But - BUT - the Church so intentionally puts that Psalm in the midst of them.
"With him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed..."
"You will not abandon my soul to the netherworld, nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption..."
"You will show me the path to life..."
The message is clear - this time will end and we need to be ready. But that doesn't mean we need to live in fear or preach a message of condemnation. *IF* we are faithful to Him, we will live in joy forever. He will not abandon us. But we need to realize that we can choose to abandon Him.
I used to think that following God's will for me and being faithful to Him was sort of like a riddle He wanted me to solve. And if I got it wrong, well, sorry dear. This life ruined, possibly even the next. Through His grace and as my understanding of Fatherhood has been redeemed, I know His plans for me are always good. Always. And I know that He is not just holding out on me when I'm struggling to know what to do. He’s not waiting up there eagerly for the moment of truth with falling stars and smiting angels. I can trust that through an honest surrendering of my will, prayers for wisdom, and clinging faithfully to Him, He will show me the path to life.