Today I was asked to fill in for the Lecture this Friday. So I sat down this morning to review the readings. Here is what I read:
When Hezekiah was mortally ill,
the prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, came and said to him:
"Thus says the LORD: Put your house in order,
for you are about to die; you shall not recover."
Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD:
The reading goes on and after praying the LORD grants Hezekiah fifteen more years to his life. We are continually reminded that we do not know the hour when death will come for us. It will come like a thief in the night.
How blessed we were that we had time to put our house in order before Michael died. He worked hard at putting his house in order. Not only his material house and matters of this world, he worked doubly hard at putting his spiritual house in order.
Not all of us will have time to put our houses in order. No, we must daily prepare to depart from this world and enter the next. We must clean the cobwebs from our prayer books, dust off our sacramentals and attend the Holy Mass in full communion with Our Lord. We must avail ourselves of the Sacraments, so that we may attain all the grace the God is ready to bestow on us for the asking.
Only you know the hour of my death.
My death in this life will only be a door that I pass thru to enter Eternal Life with You.
Help me to put my house in order daily.
Help me to seek You out in the Sacraments.
Help me to offer myself up with You at Holy Mass.
May my Communions be a worthy offering to You.