This afternoon, I had the opportunity to lead the wake service in Laurel, Maryland for the wife of a next door neighbor in our native hometown and my brother Ed's best friend Arthur. We all migrated to this country many decades ago.
Arthur's wife, Nenita, passed away all too unexpectedly. No one in her family had an inkling that she had leukemia to which she succumbed so suddenly. She was still in the prime of her life, and enjoying it with family and friends.
The gospel reading at the wake service from Luke talks about "girding one's loins" and being prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come." (Luke 12:35-40)
Today also, I watched the last episode of a Filipino soap opera, "The Greatest Love." It ended with a no-nonsense message from the mother who sacrificed a lot for her children, loving them in the midst of trials and misunderstandings in her family. It is a message that we all know about: "All of us are just travelers. When we reach our destination, it's not the distance we have gone that counts, but how we have loved."
Life is short. "Seventy is the sum of our years, or eighty, if we are strong; Most of them are toil and sorrow; they pass quickly, and we are gone." (Psalm 90:10)
Our life is not in our hands. But it will end sometime -- how, when and where we do not know.
The important thing is how we have loved.
As God is Love, we follow Him and love Him in all the people He has given us to be fellow travelers in our journey here to eternal life.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." John 15:12