St. Paul said to the Philippians in today's second reading (Phil 1:23):
I long to depart this life and be with Christ, for that is far better.
I almost skimmed past that statement without really thinking about it.
Are we really longing to depart this life?
Are we really?
Then what are we collecting all this stuff for?
Why are we worrying about all the things we worry about?
Why aren't we spending our time differently?*
Of course, I want to be in Heaven with Jesus as much as you do. But if aliens came down from outer space and looked at my life, there is no way they would say I was "longing to depart this life."
Not by a long shot.
God Bless you.
* Now that I am an honorary author over at the Community of Catholic Bloggers, I thought it would be fun to do two posts on the same topic. So click over to my post there to see the mathematical equation St. Paul inspired me to create .... then read the posts from the other authors for some actual good content ;)