by Nancy R. Catan, BCBP Makati
This week, Holy Week, in addition to reflecting on Jesus Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection, we grieve with the family of one of our key marketing directors in our company who suddenly succumbed to a heart attack at age 33 in the prime of his life. Plus one of our family members is faced with serious cancer. With these happenings, death becomes an urgent reality.
I received this inspirational message over the net (GodVine.com) that sets our relationships with others into a more loving, caring and divine perspective. The message touched me, and I pray that you will also pause for a moment and read it twice. Here it is: “If Tomorrow Never Comes.”
“If I knew it would be the last time that I’d see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door, I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more.
If I knew it would be the last time I’d hear your voice lifted up in praise, I would video tape each action and word, so I could play them back day after day.
If I knew it would be the last time, I could spare an extra minute or two to stop and say “I love you,” instead of assuming, you would know I do.
If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day, well I’m sure you’ll have so many more, so I can let just this one slip away.
For surely there’s always tomorrow to make up for an oversight, and we always get a second chance to make everything right.
There will always be another day to say our “I love you’s”, And certainly there’s another chance to say our “Anything I can do’s?”
But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get, I’d like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget, Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike, And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight.
So if you’re waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes, you’ll surely regret the day, That you didn’t take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss and you were too busy to grant someone, what turned out to be their one last wish.
So hold your loved ones close today, whisper in their ear, Tell them how much you love them and that you’ll always hold them dear, Take time to say “I’m sorry,” “please forgive me,” “thank you” or “it’s okay”.
And if tomorrow never comes, you’ll have no regrets about today.”
We have as our models in love: Jesus Christ, who suffered death on the Cross out of LOVE for us. Mary, His mother, who loved Him to death and beyond. Their examples replace the reality of death with the urgency of love, caring, goodness, kindness and faithfulness in all our relationships. Thus the Easter Season focuses us on LOVE and asks us to open our hearts to His Love and respond with our love, care and concern for others.