Today is All Saints Day, a day when you and I will be remembered – hopefully for our goodness that we brought everyday into the lives of others!
I’ve celebrated many funerals in the past 54 years. When I go to the wake of the deceased person, I ask the immediate family to tell me about the deceased so I can weave this into my homily the next day.
Often enough the family members say wonderful things about the deceased lying in the coffin: “She always thought of others before thinking of herself.” “He never had a bad word to say about anybody else.” “He was very caring, considerate and loving. He had a great smile, and a wonderful sense of humor.”Sometimes the family says very little about the deceased.
I was visiting a sick parishioner in the hospital one day. He’s heard a number of my homilies at funerals over the years. He said to me: “So often I think, what is the priest going to say about me someday?” I bet we have all wondered about that.
You and I are here today possessing the most precious gift after life itself – TIME. You and I still have TIME to do something really beautiful with our lives.
I once overheard a woman comment on her husband’s bad disposition: “He can be so nice when he wants to be. He just never wants to be nice”
Someone once said that God is so special because God creates out of nothing. The person next to them commented, “I think God does something even more wonderful. God makes saints out of sinners.”
Oscar Wilde said it best: “The only difference between a saint and a sinner is – That every saint has a PAST and every sinner has a FUTURE!”
Thanks to Engin Akyurt for the photo.
What do YOU think will be said about YOU at the service after YOU have passed away?
AS A WELL-SPENT DAY BRINGS HAPPY SLEEP, SO A WELL-LIVED LIFE BRINGS A HAPPY DEATH INTO THE ARMS OF JESUS!