Saint for the day: Blessed Michael Giedroyc (c. 1425 – May 4, 1485)
Acts 8:26-40 – Psalm 66 – John 6:44-51
“I am the resurrection and the life. All who believe in me will never die.”
We hear these or similar words over and over in this Easter Time and yet we experience the deaths of loved ones who tried to live a life of following Jesus. And so, we have to ask ourselves, “what does this scripture verse really mean?”
As I approach my 76th birthday I am more and more aware of people around me – contemporaries – who have died. Even though I am aware of the words of the Psalmist, “…what is the length of our days? Seventy years. Or eighty for those who are strong.”(Psalm 90) Ye God’s! Am I already living on borrowed time?
And the answer is probably, “Yes!”
In one sense, we are all “living on borrowed time” as we journey through life – on the way – to the Kingdom. None of us has any say as to when we are born And none of us has much say about when we die. But what we do have is an ability to struggle to meet Jesus who draws us to Himself. Those familiar words, “Come to me all you who are burdened and find life difficult…” St. Paul says, “it is when I am weak that I realize how strong I am. God isn’t standing at the gates of Heaven waiting for “the winners” but for those who struggled to believe that God loves them in a special and unique way. Remember the words of Bl. Mother Theresa, “God doesn’t call us to be successful but to be faithful.”
I just heard of the death of a young man that I knew who struggled in life as an alcoholic and probably struggled with his own faith. Yet he still believed that Jesus died – not for the righteous, only, but for those who needed Him the most. If we can’t believe that Jesus came to call sinners – knowing what we know about ourselves – then there’s no hope for any of us.
As we continue our journey through this Easter Time let us not forget that Jesus draws us to Himself in order to forgive us and bring us into the Kingdom. Amen!