Looking toward the future is a pretty common thing. What will my life be like next week, next month, next year? And then there are the bigger questions, the “meaning of life” questions that rumble around in the heart or subconscious mind, feeding the low-level anxiety that we often carry around without realizing it.
Perhaps the biggest spiritual question, the most fundamental, bedrock-of-existence question might be: does God love me? Does he even notice that I exist? We walk through this world seemingly alone, perhaps with others who love us to greater or lesser extents like family or friends, but in the end we feel strangely alone.
So it seems.
“I am with you always, until the end of time,” Our Lord said to his disciples (Mt 28:20, cf. Is 41:10). Because we too are his disciples, we too can know that he is with us always. Not sometime in the future, but now. Today! God, the perfect fulfillment of our happiness, the one who sustains us in life, only hopes that we will feel his constant love by focusing on his presence in the present moment. It is he who supports us, who lovingly arranges everything that happens in our lives.
This is the answer to that “fundamental question”! If “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8), and if he is with us, then we can live with him in his love now, today!