It's the last day of the year. The first reading speaks of the last hour. The Gospel is what we used to call the Last Gospel because it was read at the end of every Mass. It was there to remind us of who Jesus really is: God made man. I need to remember Him at every moment of every day. I need to be looking for Him, loving Him, serving Him, listening to Him, imitating Him always.
We are out of time today, at least for 2016. For 2017 and forever, let's live with a focus on eternity rather on time. 2016 has been a year in which many of us have been distracted by temporal things: our national election, for example. Our saint for today shows us how to focus on eternity. His papacy straddles a time of huge transition: from the end of Christianity being on the margins of the Roman world to being accepted into it by Constantine. And yet St. Sylvester, the pope, does not seem to have been altered much by this alteration. The Christian life remains the same. It remains the same in all circumstances of this world. For the children of God, Heaven is home.
In the time that we have, let us do good for our brothers and sisters. I had an experience yesterday that is helping me to put many things into perspective. It was on the simple level of loving and serving people in need. I will leave it at that. Those are the deeds that matter for eternity.