We come to the end of the liturgical year with the Feast of Christ the King. This is appropriate since it is on Christ that everything in the liturgy is focussed. In the scripture readings today, we hear about the Last Judgement; this too is apt since coming to the end of the liturgical year is a reminder that there will be an end to time itself.
It may seem like an idea from a science fiction novel, but we need to remember that time itself is also part of God’s creation. We are so totally immersed in time that we find it hard to understand that it too is a created thing and that God himself lives completely outside time.
We find the concept of everlasting life in heaven also rather difficult to comprehend. When we think of eternal life, we find ourselves trying to imagine one day following another without there ever being an end to them. But when we think like this, we must understand that we are still using the concept of time even though we know that heaven is actually outside of time.
In heaven there is no today or tomorrow; better to think of life in heaven as living in an eternal now. This concept is very hard for us to understand because here on earth we are completely contained within time and cannot think of existing outside it. The important thing to realise is that Christ is indeed the King of the entire Universe and that when we die and hopefully go to heaven, we are taken up into him. He is in charge of every single thing in the created order including time itself.
Father Alex McAllister SDS