It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Heb 9: 27)
In the month of November, let us find time to meditate on our lives from a bird’s point of view, from outside our feelings and desires.
At the beginning, after making the sign of the cross and praying to the Holy Spirit, let us imagine ourselves, here in church, in a coffin put in the centre. The paschal candle will be lit, Holy Water will be sprinkled on you, and fragrance of incense will be calling you to praise the Lord. You are there. Inside. Some of us will be around you. There will be nothing to do, no commitment any more. It is only death and the Lord. After death, everything stops. All people will die. There is no time to do good any more. “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” (John 9: 4).
The moment of our death is uncertain. We do not know the day or the hour (Mt 25:13). What is Death? It is the separation of the soul from the body. The soul is immortal so it does not die. Only the body decays and turns into dust.. “For you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen 3:19). Death entered our lives only as the outcome of the original sin. It is linked with the great liar and enemy of the human race. All people will be judged by God at death.
Having involved our imagination, let us reflect on the facts of life in relation to the truth about us. Whilst reflecting on them, embrace Christ with your heart:
a) I am created by God to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him in this life and the life to come;
b) my soul is immortal;
c) I received the seed of heaven in Baptism. It depends on my care how it will grow.
The Paschal candle at baptism reminds me of Christ who broke the power of death and entered my life for the unity with the Holy Trinity d) There are three last stages of my soul: Death, Judgement, Heaven or Hell.
Finish your reflection by saying slowly the Hail Mary, the Our Father and finish with Glory be.