Not so long ago, I had the opportunity, a privilege, to offer the graveside prayers at our Catholic cemetery in San Diego. Founded in 1919, and located east of downtown San Diego, it is 40 acres of holy ground. In its 95 year history over 65,000 individuals have been buried in its consecrated soil or interned in or around the chapel. One day, after I have breathed my last, I hope to have my body also buried in its holy ground in a section reserved for priests. There, my body will wait for the final day where I will rise again. It is my hope that I will be in good company! But what will I see?
- when we concentrate on spiritual needs and neglect physical needs, or the other way around
- when we are more interested in doing good things at the expense of being good ourselves
- when we are all faith and no works, or all busy without allowing God's grace to keep us humble.
Hell is the stomping ground of "Jackal and Hyde". Heaven is the perfect union of the human and the divine in one person. That person of course is Christ himself. And where is He to be found? [Hint: "The Lord be with you... And...] Can I say with St. Paul, "it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me". And can I hear Christ say, "as long as you did it to the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it to me?"