The Sacrament of the Present.
So, are we talkin’ about presents because Christmas is right around the corner? Nope. We’re talking about presence because Christmas is right around the corner.
Today Fr. Ed mentioned something he called the Sacrament of the Present. You’ve heard high-school-kid-slang before. It changes almost weekly. 😉 Well, imagine high school slang, but for the new guys in seminary. The Sacrament of the Present was the high school slang for Father Ed’s group in seminary. And it recalls a very impressionable concept.
Concern yourself with the moment at hand.
So do not worry about tomorrow;
for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
There are many, MANY other scriptures whose purpose is to comfort you with the knowledge that you need not worry. But, here’s the gist.
Live to die.
I’ve heard a thousand times, “The only thing I have to do is pay taxes and die.”
Not even close. The only thing you have to do…. is die.
Think about the unborn child. Every thing that happens for that child – everything that child does is preparing it for birth – even though it has no idea what birth even is.
Well, everything that happens to us – everything that we do is preparing us for death.
Wipe yesterday’s slate clean. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Decide to make the right decisions right now. Rejoice in the moment.
Live to Die.