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James 4:14 Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Hug your loved ones a bit tighter, Facebook posts encouraged. Be thankful, people wrote, because you never know what tomorrow will bring.
James knew that life is fleeting. And in the gospel reading for today, Jesus tells us this too. We will not know when the kingdom of God is coming. There is no countdown or time for advance planning. Instead we are to live as if the kingdom of God is truly already among us—loving our neighbors, serving others, praying, worshiping, caring for the earth, and rejoicing in the splendor of creation. When we do these things, when we live in the moment, we build a future for our children—living memories of heaven on earth.
Today the Church remembers Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200.