Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
While the Catechism refers to seven sacraments, could it be that the number of sacraments is actually eight? Why only seven? Is there not an eighth sacrament called the “Sacrament of the Present Moment”? In other words, if we are to know that the Kingdom of God is truly near, would not this eighth sacrament transform what we too often label as the “mundane”? Would living in the Present Moment not be a way to “know that the Kingdom of God is near” not at some undesignated time in the future—but here and now?
I’ve sometimes wondered what is meant when we speak about God’s “graces.” What is really meant when we talk about receiving grace? I’m not sure that I have come to a satisfying definition quite yet, but maybe grace is that conscious realization of God’s presence NOW. Maybe when we talk about God’s reign this should not be understood to mean “Thy kingdom come” at some unknown time in the future, but NOW in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. God is on the phone NOW. Am I going to take his call?
—Jack Goldberg is a retired trial attorney. He and his wife Barbara live in Cincinnati, OH. Jack is the moderator of the Moot Court competition team at St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati, and an alumnus of St. X.
O Lord of Lords, and ruler of the House of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush, come NOW to each of us with your outstretched arm, and ransom us. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus, come now!Please share the Good Word with your friends!