A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? Quem patronum rogaturus? Cum vix iustus sit securus?
Recordare, Iesu pie, Quod sum causa tuae viae: Ne me perdas illa die...

Thursday, August 26, 2004

You are going to die

I am going to die too. It could be decades from now. It could be today (God have mercy on us).

As today’s Gospel reminds us, we know neither the day nor the hour our Lord will come: neither the end of the world nor the end of our own life. At any moment, Judgment could come.

But, like the wicked servant in the Gospel, we too often say (at least implicitly), “My master is long delayed” and go about our lives just like everyone else.

Sometimes people ask the question, “If you knew you had only 6 months to live, what would you do?” Very often, the answer involves the pursuit of self-centered desires (generally the opposite of a lifestyle intent on heaven). On the other hand, how great would be the peace of knowing that a 6-month notice would change nothing, because you are already doing what the Lord wants you to do this day and every day you have left.

Today’s gospel reminds us that we should be living every day as if it were our last.

God, give us the strength to do what is right and to be ready for you now. Cleanse us of our imperfections so that by your grace we may be irreproachable at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.