“Father, the hour has come.”
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June 3, 2014

Above: John the Evangelist, detail of one of the giant mosaics in the spandrel of the dome of St Peter's Basilica in Rome. Photo by Father Lawrence Lew, O.P.

John’s Gospel speaks often of “the hour.” During His farewell address to His disciples, Jesus speaks of the “hour” seven times and today’s Gospel contains the last of those seven. “Father, the hour has come.” His whole life was a preparation for this “hour” and so He was not caught off guard or surprised but ready to embrace His Father’s will.

St. Dominic’s “hour” came quickly and almost without warning. Eight days before he had been preaching. But having sought his whole life to embrace the will of the Father, he too was ready. While his brothers wept during his final illness, Dominic faced his death with great peace and encouraged them by saying that he would be of more use to them in Heaven.

Sooner or later, each of us will face this “hour.” Relying on the help of our Savior and on the example and intercession of St. Dominic and all the Saints, may we strive to embrace the will of the Father in each hour leading up to our last in this life. Then we too will be ready for the hour.

“That at the hour of death we may be received into the Heavenly kingdom.”
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