(Prayer offered on the Public Address system for the entire La Salle Academy educational community on Friday morning, 3 June 2016)
Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of a loving God…
Today is the last day of classes. Next week, you’ll take your exams and then enjoy the summer, but soon it will be the last day of summer. As each year passes, you get closer to your last day of high school. And then the next step is college, and several years from now you’ll be celebrating your last day of college. And maybe some of you will have a last day of law school, or med school, or even seminary. You’ll also one day have that last day of engagement before your wedding. There are lots of last days that you will experience in the coming years.
The one thing we all have in common, however, is each of us will have an ultimate last day…the last day of our lives. None of us knows when that last day will be. Now, you might be thinking, “Fr. Najim, why are you being so morbid on the last day of classes?”
But actually, it’s not morbid at all. In fact, thinking about our last day is a wonderful way to be inspired to live life more fully today. When we think about our ultimate last day, it puts our lives in perspective. Thinking about our ultimate last day encourages us to think about the legacy we want to leave. When we think about our ultimate last day, we most likely won’t think about money or fame or the material things we’ve accumulated; we’ll think about relationships: for example, who are the people we need to forgive, who are the people to whom we need to say “I love you.” It helps us to think about our relationship with God and how we are serving him today. Thinking about our last day prompts us to be more selfless instead of selfish. In short, thinking about our last day will help us to be more committed to being the best version of ourselves today.
So, remember that God created you for a special purpose, and if you want to know and live that purpose, thinking about your last day is a great way to help you to know and live that purpose to the full.
Let us pray: Lord, help us to remember that we will all have a last day and that we will see you face to face on that day. Help us, Jesus, to live the purpose for which you created us. Help us to live a life of service to you and to our fellow humans beings. AMEN.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle…pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts…forever.
Reverend Michael Najim–Chaplain