We never know when our time will come, but we don’t need to live in fear. Christopher Smith, SJ, reflects on the importance of living like today is the day of our salvation. Based on the readings for Sunday, March 20, 2022.
‘No man knows the day nor the hour’ scripture says. All that we know is the present moment-God’s greatest gift to us.
Hello, I’m Christopher Smith, and this is my One-Minute Reflection.
Stories of senseless bloodshed and untimely death saturate our culture today just as they did in Jesus’ time. A group of worshippers is martyred, another dies in a senseless disaster: the stories are depressing and unsettling. The crowd around Jesus seeks some comfort: what did they do to deserve it? Jesus answers: nothing. We all must go where they did.
Life is precious because it is finite–each second unrepeatable and infinitely valuable. Rather than live in terror, Jesus invites us to the freedom in this truth: now is the time of salvation. Now is the time to call the friend that you’ve lost touch with. Today is the day to start writing the book you’ve always wanted to write. This second is the moment to send that overdue ‘I’m sorry’ or ‘I forgive you’ text. Let us do it now for as the song says ‘Tomorrow very well might be too late’.