Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Father Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit." (Luke 23:46)

Even Jesus died – after proclaiming He was the Son of God, He was the Redeemer of mankind, He was the Savior of the world. Even Jesus died – after preaching about God and man, about heaven and earth, about life and death. Even Jesus died – after caring for the needy, giving sight to the blind, giving hope to the hopeless. Even Jesus died – after having converted people to God, making disciples from among His follower and establishing the Church which to date more than 2000 years old.

Christ accepted His Death after but some thirty three years of living on earth. As He came from the Father, to the Father He returns. As He was sent by the Father, to the Father He should go back. He eventually passed away – entrusting and commending His spirit to the Father Himself. But Christ left only after proclaiming infallible teachings. Christ left only after doing His Mission. Christ left only after redeeming humankind – after teaching the singular, the profound, and precious prayer: “Our Father.”

And you, he, she, and me? With life comes death. When something begins, it eventually ends. Whatever has its start, it must stop somehow, some time. And as far as the man is concerned, it is not really news when he comes to his death. What would be truly news is when does not die at all. And what is important is not only the evil he has done but also the good things he failed to do, not only the many wrong things he did but also the innumerable right things he left undone.

And so it is that some questions are in order:

You – you who have a big power to do good, what are you doing with it? Do good but for yourself and for those close to you? You – you who have much wealth at hand, what are you doing with it? Help but yourself and those helping you keep money? You – you who have a big authority to be of service and help to others, what are you doing with it? Help yourself and protect your own interests?

In whose hands will you commend yourself when death calls you? Can the best and famous doctors keep you alive ever? Can your formidable power, enormous wealth, and unbounded authority save you? Would it be of help for you to remember that empty-handed you came into the world, and empty-handed you will leave it behind? Would it be of help for you keep in mind that it is not news when someone dies? What would be news is when someone does not die at all?

Into whose hands then shall you commend your spirit?