Reunions are opportunities to catch up with people we grew up with. In all the stories, one realizes that in life:
- First, nothing is permanent. Sometimes life is good, sometimes we are experiencing storms. Sometimes we are up, sometimes we are down.
- Second, one realizes that nothing is forever. Year after year, we say goodbye to family, loved ones, batchmates, classmates, friends, and officemates.
- Third, life is swift. It has been so many years out of high school and out of college – where have all the years gone? With these realities, one question that we will always wrestle with is, how do I get to have a meaningful life?
The Gospel reminds us that the Word of God is our instruction for life. Since God is indeed the author. Three quotations that will help us have a meaningful and fruitful life:
- In the book of the prophet Jeremiah, we are told that God has a plan. Plans to prosper and not to harm, to give hope and a future. In other words, while we are here on earth, God has a purpose. Hence, the time, talent, and treasure that we have are only lent to us for a purpose.
- In the book of Job, we are told that there is eternal life. Jesus said, “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.” With this reality, this changes our perspective in life, that we are only in this world passing by. Hence, with the many anxieties, fears, and worries that clog our hearts, will these really matter in the life eternal?
- In the book of the Galatians, we are told that “God cannot be mocked. We reap what we sow.” In other words, everything in life comes back to us like an echo. If one takes advantage of people, it comes back to us. However if one is a blessing to others, it comes back to us as well. We reap what we sow.
In each Mass, we realize that in a life wherein nothing is permanent, let us make every moment count by planting seeds of kindness and goodness. In God’s time, it will bear fruit, 30-fold, 60-fold, 100-fold.