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.”
As we approach the end of the Church year in a couple of weeks the readings point us toward the end times. We are encouraged to think about eternal life, heaven and hell, the way in which we are living our lives, etc.
Today we read, “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.” What does this mean to us? I think the Lord is encouraging His disciples to pour out their lives in love. If we really keep our eyes focused on heaven we tend to think less about storing up for ourselves treasure on earth. Our job title means less. Our bank account means less. We become less selfish. The way we love means more. The way we sacrifice our desires to serve others means more.
This is the paradox of the Christian faith – when we truly give our lives away in love we become more the person God intended us to be. This is how we find life abundant that Jesus wants for us. However, when we are selfish and try to cling to our life and our material goods, we lose everything. We become less human and our lives are less fulfilled.
If my life were to end today would I be ready to meet the Lord?
Am I clinging to my life, my possessions, my desires, etc.?
Or am I pouring out my life for others just as Jesus did?
Let us live today as if it were our last day on earth.
Have a blessed day!