No one likes to think about death. The readings at Mass these few weeks before Advent can be somewhat unnerving. We hear about Christ’s second coming, which means the end of the world as we know it. It also means that we need to be prepared to face God himself – whenever that time will come for us.
There was a Gospel at Mass recently that really struck me (Luke 12:13-21). Jesus was telling the crowd a parable about a rich man with a bountiful harvest who built new, larger barns to store his large harvest. In this parable, God said to him, “You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?” Jesus went on to say that this is how it will be for someone who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.
This made me think - am I rich in what matters to God? I wouldn’t necessarily say that I am storing up ‘treasures’ for myself, but what is important to me every day? Is it important to God too? How will I ever be prepared to meet God face-to-face?
What does matter to God? I do! God wants a relationship with me. He made me, after all. I can spend my time each day doing great things for myself or even for others, but none of it will matter if I don’t do it for Him and with Him. I must seek to meet my Maker each day, not just at the end of my life. I can seek God each day through personal prayer, the Eucharist, caring for others, and following God’s will for my life. The problem is, so many other things ‘require’ my attention each day and take my focus off what is most important.
But there is hope in Jesus’ mercy! “God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) God died for me so that I could be united with Him. God DIED for ME. If I could truly understand what that means, I would spend every day showing Him how much I love Him. Like God says in the parable, we do not know when our life will be demanded of us. Let’s store up riches in what matters to God, for then we will be prepared to be united to Him forever.