You do not know the day nor the hour …

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

It is a beautoful thing  to experience the readings when they coincide with what is going on in your life.  In this case, it is appropriate that my father who passed from this life, entered the hospital beliving that the procedure was purely a minor and routine procedure.  None of us had any idea of what was to occur. 

My father went to Mass and was annointed the day before he went into the hospital.  I am positive this was a comfort to him. 

If you knew the day and hour the robber was coming you would be prepared . ..    We should prepare ourselves daily for meeting the Lord.   Praying the Divine office, attending Mass as frequently as possible,  and get your interior house cleaning done, recieve the sacrament of reconcilliation as often as you can.     You dont get to choose the day or the hour of death.  You do get to choose how you live your life, and what condition your soul is in when you  get to those pearly gates.

In the Franciscan Charism we celebrate our “sister Death” who escorts our brothers and sisters into eternal life.  That may be a little hard to understand, but the person who has passed from this life, has run their race, and are in a place where they no longer suffer from the maladies of this life.    

We feel the loss of the person, but we are happy they are in the loving mercy of God.    At first they were with us here and praying for us here, and now they are on the other side of the veil praying for us still. 

Consider for a moment your own mortality.  You are here and alive and able to continue the work of bringing about the kingdom of God in your daily life.   I encourage you to make the most of that time, and work on those areas that have been neglected.  

For we do not know the day.. nor the hour…   Amen.

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