Death is inevitable and unchanging and we spent the month of November pondering the mystery of death and prepare ourselves joyfully to accept this inexorable truth. November is the month to remember the dead in our family and prepare ourselves to journey towards our eternal home.
Death is a reality and we need to prepare ourselves to accept this truth in our lives. Death certainly instills fear in some of us and this is because we are unclear about our future and life after death. People who rely on this earthly world for their existence fear death more. Even when we think with arrogance that we have conquered the world, the uncertainty of the future unsettles us. Those who place their trust in the Lord realize that death is a journey to our eternal home. Jesus assures us, “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:2). When we understand that this earthly life is all but temporary and there is a room prepared for us in our heavenly home, we will not fear death. St Paul understood this mystery and prompted him to say, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil 1: 21).
Lord Jesus reminds us, “Whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me” (John 6:57). As we receive the body and blood of Christ let us like St Paul remind ourselves that, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own” (I Cor 6: 19) and continue to live in this truth. The number of years that we spent on this earth is not what counts but our life in our eternal home is what counts. Our death here on earth grants us life in the heavens. Like Lord Jesus let us fulfill our duties and say, “It is finished” (John 19: 30), and prepare ourselves to attain eternal life.
Fr. Prince Chakkalayil CST