Hard to believe tomorrow is Palm Sunday. The Lenten season is drawing to a close. It seems to have flown right by. Much as our lives seem to fly right by. As we make our way through Holy Week to Easter Sunday, we cannot but help feel a longing for the time when we will be with God, in God's kingdom, and away from the pain and suffering of this world. Psalm 84 speaks of a lovely dwelling place in the courts of the Lord. It sounds peaceful and magnificent. It would be tempting to only long for that place of repose. It would be tempting to find a way to rush through this life, to get to that life.But that would be missing the point. This life is not a rehearsal for the next one. It is the life we are given to do the best we can with. It would be a waste to spend it in longing. Rather, we should strive to work for the kingdom here and now. Not because we have to earn Grace, but because we are grateful for that Grace and in gratitude should share it with the world.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.