Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Very Best

As most mothers do, I want the very best for my children. Early on, I imagined that meant living in a comfortable (well decorated) home, driving a safe vehicle with car seats,  allowing them to explore their hobbies and interests by enrolling them into classes, having appropriate entertainment, making sure they were well dressed, or at least know the typical "Middle class American Dream." 

Pondering the feast of the Epiphany and reflecting on Fr. Jerome's homily this morning, I too have had a revelation of Christ. The "best" has taken on a whole new meaning.

I asked the kids, "If you die today, what will you take with you?" A couple of the kids half rolled their eyes and responded in unison, "nothing."
"You are wrong." I replied.

I explained that while we can't take our favorite Lego model, dress, video games, or DVD, we could take many other things. For instance, our faith, virtues, memories, grace, relationships, prayers, love and endless spiritual attributes. It is these things we must try to acquire in our life.

Our life span is similar to a drop of water in the ocean, our soul represents all the other drops. Life is short, our soul continues forever. However short our life is, it is extremely important because what we do in this life affects what happens to our soul in death. In every moment, in every breath, in every thought, in every word, in every deed, we are called to glorify God.  We should work hard to build up our spiritual suitcase for the journey. The truly best we can take with us. This is what I want for my children and all of God's children.

1 comment:

  1. You are speaking my heart. That is what I want for my children too.