Sunday, June 7, 2015
there is a strong theme that runs through our readings today. it is summed up in the Proverb: There is a way that seems right to a man, but it ends in death.
David states the same theme when he starts off our reading by saying to his son Solomon: "I am going where everyone on earth must someday go."
Ananias and Sapphira sold some land and generously gave the money they made from it to the disciples. but for some reason, i'm guess probably pride (or maybe greed), they claimed that they gave all of the money while they really kept some of it. they lied... and they went "where everyone on earth must someday go" a little earlier than they expected.
so we see several examples of people taking that last voyage. the disciples point to the way they will eventually die when they rejoice because they were counted worthy to suffer for Jesus.
you and i will face that final voyage, too. but take heart - the words of St Therese of Liseux are very cheering when you consider this trip. she told her mom that she wished she would die soon! when her mom (understandably) was alarmed at such a wish, the little saint told her that she would be so happy in heaven that she wished she could go there soon. and the Little Flower (as Therese was known) told everyone that she would spend her eternity helping people on earth.
that's a good way to see it. death is not the end, my friend. it is a door - to a greater place. if that journey scares you, or makes you sad... pray about it! lift up your thoughts and your fears to God, and He will give you what you need to face that journey with confidence and hope.
thank You, God, for being there on the other side of our final journey, waiting for us.