Dear Fathers and Friends in Christ,
The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
Psalm 105:8 (responsorial)
I recently heard an "oldie but goodie" from 1967 on the radio. "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" by the Casinos features a crooner wooing his romantic interest and singing, "Tell me you'll love me for a million years. Then if it don't work out...then you can tell me goodbye."
Being tongue in cheek, he's asking for "only" a one-million-year commitment from his sweetheart. Though I can understand the sentiment, it got me thinking that God puts no such qualifiers on his promises or his love. A million years is only the blink of an eye for God.
If we follow his ways during our fleeting time here on earth, as long as we "hear the word of God and observe it," as Jesus reminds us in today's gospel, whether it's a million years from now or any quantifiable time, we will be able to spend eternity with him--he will never "tell (us) goodbye."
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church/Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
Launceston on Tasmania