Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 1 – 7 November 2015
“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.'”
We normally associate hospital with treating diseases and curing ailments. It is the primary mission of these facilities to provide adequate healthcare for its stakeholders and to give proper treatment to those who need it.
One thing that we do not realize is that, especially true for those in developed countries or those living in urban areas, is that hospitals are also where we begin our journey on this planet and most often we will also see its end on these institutions.
Expectant mothers are delivered on the hospital to give birth. It is also where an ailing man or an injured woman, or anybody afflicted with serious disease or injury is sent. If a person’s injury or disease becomes terminal, they also kick the bucket in the hospital.
For those around the patient, that may not be the most pleasant thing to see, especially if you are a relative of the departed.
Hospitals teach us the reality of mortality, that is, we are born and we will die. It is just that there are some who goes in first and others later but the fact is we are all going to die.
With the reality of death on us, some will wonder why we are bothering to do something in this life, after all, what we acquire in this world will be worthless when we die, right?
It turns out, that though the physical body may die, the memories will remain on those whom we touched while we are still alive. The things that we have done on this life is the one that will be carried along by those we will leave on this planet. The memories that we are going to leave to them will depend on how we lived on this planet.
All of us are given life to live it to the fullest, for our own and for others. At present, we have many questions to ponder: How would you use the life given to you? How will you describe the life that you will give back to God after your journey in this planet is finished? How we are doing in our lives? How are we relating to others? Have we helped others in their problems or challenges? Do they see God in us? Life is full of questions, challenges and riddles. Let’s make our lives meaningful for others so that even when we are gone, we will still live in their hearts.
The body may die, but the memories will live on.