What do you long for in life? If you could pick one thing that you desire above all else what would it be? Would it be death? Probably not. Surprisingly, the greatest saint would probably desire death over anything else in life. Not an early death or a death of their own choosing; rather, they would see death as the gateway to their true home and anticipate the joy of that encounter with much hope. This may not be something you normally think about but it’s worth doing so. When a person has Heaven as their greatest desire it means, in part, that they have come to such a point in life that the things of this world do not matter to them. They long for Heaven and to be with God eternally. This does not undermine their love for family and friends. This love is eternal and will remain with them in Heaven to an even greater degree. The key to this desire is the realization that Heaven will be so glorious and fulfilling that there is much excitement about obtaining it. This may not be your normal way of thinking about death but it is worth pondering and examining your earthly desires in the light of this ultimate goal (See Diary #1573).
Spend time today pondering death. But do so in a new way. Look at it not as an end to your life; rather, see it as the beginning of a new and glorious life of perfect fulfillment. Reflecting upon death does not mean you wish for it to come soon. We should only desire to obtain Heaven in accord with God’s timing. But, nonetheless, we should desire it and desire it with all our soul. In fact, keeping our eyes on this ultimate prize will help us walk through the hardships we endure here and now.
Lord, of all the many desires and goals I have in life I pray that I may desire Heaven above all else. Please free me from the foolish desires of this life and set my heart solely on You. Jesus, I trust in You.
Saint of the Day – November 21: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary—Memorial