Soon, much sooner than we realize, we too will be among the dead bodies lying in the cemetery. Our bodies will be nothing more than food for the worms. For this reason we stay humble and confessed.
This is also true for all the powerful people in the Church and in Government. Like ourselves they will soon be gone. The Holy Psalms of David often repeat this absolute reality. “We are here today, gone tomorrow and very soon after, forever forgotten“.
“And I passed by, and lo, he was not: and I sought him and his place was not found. Keep innocence, and behold justice: for there are remnants for the peaceable man. But the unjust shall be destroyed together: the remnants of the wicked shall perish. But the salvation of the just is from the Lord, and he is their protector in the time of trouble. And the Lord will help them and deliver them: and he will rescue them from the wicked, and save them, because they have hoped in him.” Psalm 36: 36-40.
“Number not thyself among the multitude of the disorderly. Remember wrath, for it will not tarry long. Humble thy spirit very much: for the vengeance on the flesh of the ungodly is fire and worms.” Eccl. 7:17-19
King Herod, “King of the of the Jews”, abused his God given power to have the Apostle St. James beheaded and St. Peter imprisoned. But all that worldly power was absolutely of no help when he was struck dead by God.
“And upon a day appointed, Herod being arrayed in kingly apparel, sat in the judgment seat, and made an oration to them. And the people made acclamation, saying: It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And forthwith an angel of the Lord struck him, because he had not given the honour to God: and being eaten up by worms, he gave up the ghost. But the word of the Lord increased and multiplied.” Acts 12: 21-24
I asked a young man yesterday: “How long do people remember people after they have died?” His answer was 2 months.
We die, everyone starts calling relatives and friends to let them know. Then comes the funeral. After the funeral and gathering, the memory of us very very quickly fades from our family and friends lives as they go on with life.
The psalms also say it well: “We are like grass that grows in the morning and that withers and dies in the evening.”
So, what is important to remember, is that we are but created creatures who will die some day for sure. I always like to say that the statistics are still the same: 100% of all people still die.
Since this is the truth, we need to give our all to God today. All we have is today. As that terrible moment of death rushes toward us, as we rush toward it, we need to live without fear of man, only fear of God’s judgement. Of course we know of His great love for us too. We believe that Jesus died on the cross out of love to save us.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.