Now will I praise those godly men,
our ancestors, each in his own time.
But of others there is no memory,
for when they ceased, they ceased.
And they are as though they had not lived,
they and their children after them.
Yet these also were godly men
whose virtues have not been forgotten;
Their wealth remains in their families,
their heritage with their descendants;
Through God’s covenant with them their family endures,
their posterity, for their sake.
And for all time their progeny will endure,
their glory will never be blotted out.
Day 4 in Mexico was wonderful. We had breakfast with the auxiliary bishop of Puebla, Mexico. What a joyful, spirit-filled man of God! We then concelebrated a Mass in Ecatepec with their bishop celebrating the feast day of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest. It was a celebration for all the priests of the diocese with a wonderful meal afterward. Then we went to visit a few families that we knew in Ecatepec. God never ceases to surprise me with His grace with all the wonderful people that we continue to meet. We return Friday evening after a wonderful and fruitful trip.
Sirach has a way of just saying things like it is. Those who are godly and practice virtue will never be forgotten. Their heritage will last forever. We see this in the saints throughout the ages. Those who practiced virtue are forever remembered and held up as examples for us.
Those who are not godly will cease and there will be no memory of them. “They are as though they had not lived.” Unfortunately the memory of some notorious people in our world history continues on (Hitler, etc.). However, none of us wants to be remembered in this way.
My friends, our actions reverberate down through the ages. What we do today has a profound effect not only on today, but possibly for centuries to come.
How do you want to be remembered?
As a person of virtue?
As a person of God?
Or as a person vice?
Or not remembered at all?
Have a blessed day!