“Since, when the hour of reckoning comes, you’ll be sorry for not having used this time in the service of God, why don’t you arrange and use it now as you would wish you’d done if you were dying?” (St. John of the Cross)
Six years ago, I started experiencing some scary medical symptoms. My doctor was concerned and ordered a series of tests. I suddenly became aware of my mortality and was forced to come to grips with the fact that I could be meeting the Lord soon. Unfortunately, the thought of that meeting (and the accompanying judgment) was very frightening to me. Although I was a “practicing” Catholic, I knew that I was just doing the bare minimum. I decided that I’d use the rest of my life to learn and teach the Catholic Faith. As it turned out, the doctors never did figure out what was wrong with me and the symptoms gradually disappeared. If my time was really up, I would have been in serious trouble.
That experience taught me the meaning of Jesus command to “always be ready” (Mt 24:44). Every morning when I wake up, I kiss the crucifix and say, “Thank you, Lord for another day. Please help me to serve You”. I try my best to make good use of the time that he has given me, knowing that he doesn’t want me to waste it. I don’t ever want to take the chance that death will catch me by surprise.
How is your relationship with God? Do you go to Church, receive the sacraments and try to lead a good life? Is there a grudge that you’re holding? Are you living in the state of mortal sin? If you’re reading this, it’s not too late for you. An hour from now, a day, a week…who knows? Don’t take the chance that you’ll have tomorrow. Make the decision NOW while you still have time!