Friday, November 16, 2018

“The best preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today.”

“We should live our lives as though Christ was coming this afternoon.” ― Jimmy Carter: (October 1, 1924: is an American politician who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981

Gospel Text: (LK 17:26-37)
Jesus said to his disciples:
"As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage up to the day
that Noah entered the ark,
and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot:
they were eating, drinking, buying,
selling, planting, building;
on the day when Lot left Sodom,
fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.
So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
On that day, someone who is on the housetop
and whose belongings are in the house
must not go down to get them,
and likewise one in the field
must not return to what was left behind.
Remember the wife of Lot.
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it,
but whoever loses it will save it.
I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed;
one will be taken, the other left.
And there will be two women grinding meal together;
one will be taken, the other left."
They said to him in reply, "Where, Lord?"
He said to them, "Where the body is,
there also the vultures will gather."

The reality of death may make us uncomfortable, even in our society where images of death are put before us so bluntly on TV newscasts. In fact, some people struggle to write their last will and testament for the simple reason that they have to imagine they are dead. That’s too much for them to handle. 

Thomas á Kempis, the 15th-century author of "The Imitation of Christ," one of the best-known Catholic books of spirituality, noted: "Happy is the man who keeps the hour of death always in mind, and daily prepares for it."

Preparing for death means, most importantly, making sure that we reconcile with God and live in a state of grace. But our preparations should not stop there. How about reconciling with estranged family members or others? Offering or seeking forgiveness?

Taking action on these items will boost, at a minimum, the peacefulness of your passing. But it might even help bring others closer to Christ -- and that surely won't be a bad thing to have happen when you're standing before the Throne of Judgment.

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