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.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
How rarely do I stop to appreciate the gift of this moment. I assume that there will be another day, another year. I become anxious about chores to be completed and worry about how various tasks and projects will turn out. How rarely do I appreciate the reality that every moment is a gift from the generous hand of God. As I grow older, though, the deaths of relatives and friends become ever more frequent reminders of my own mortality.
On these occasions I stop to imagine my own death and gradually my perspective changes. Everything I can see will be gone. The grandest, most enduring edifices are destined to become dust. All that remains is that which can’t be seen; the kind word, the helping hand, the sacrifice and the silent prayer. Only love remains!
—Mr. Gerald Skoch, JD, serves as Vice-President and Chief Mission Officer at St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH.
Lord my God, when your love spilled over into creation you thought of me. I am from love, of love, for love. Let my heart, O God, always recognize, cherish and enjoy your goodness in all of creation. Direct all that is me toward your praise. Teach me reverence for every person, all things. Energize me in your service.
Lord God, may nothing ever distract me from your love; neither health nor sickness, wealth nor poverty, honor nor dishonor, long life nor short life. May I never seek nor choose to be other than what you intend or wish.
—St. Ignatius Loyola, First Principle & Foundation, trans. Bergan & Schwan, 1985.Please share the Good Word with your friends!