Sunday, October 24, 2010

Homily: If you were to die today, what would your obituary say?


If you were to die today what would your obituary say?



St. Paul wrote his obituary before he died. We heard it today in the second reading.

Beloved:I am already being poured out like a libation,and the time of my departure is at hand.I have competed well; I have finished the race;I have kept the faith.

This was what was most important to St. Paul and what he wanted his obituary to read… “I have kept the faith.” Obituaries tell us what was most important in people’s lives. Often times it lists their family members, parents, brothers and sisters. And maybe their place of employment or hobbies. But they rarely speak of what St. Paul is getting at and what ought to be the way that we define ourselves. Jesus is our most important relationship.
Our faith is the best legacy we can leave behind. Will your obituary say anything about your faith and love for the Lord? Will your family, friends, and loved ones see and perceive this as something you want to be remembered by?

If you were to die today, what would your obituary say?

Is there anything you are doing in your life right now that you would not want to be in your obituary? Stop doing that thing, you are writing your obituary every day by the way that you live your life.

Are you competing well and running the race of faith so as to win? Is there anything that you need to do differently in your faith life so that your obituary will read “I have kept the faith?”
If you were to die today what would your obituary say?

We are writing our obituaries every day by the way that we live our lives and by the people and things that we give the most value in our lives. Is faith at the center of it?
You have the opportunity to live a life of faith and to write a legacy that others will remember you by.

If you were to die today, what would your obituary say?

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