“I found myself thinking about President William McKinley, the third American president to be assassinated. He lived for several days after he was shot, and towards the end, his wife started crying and screaming, “I want to go too! I want to go too!” And with his last measure of strength, McKinley turned to her and spoke his last words: “We are all going.”― John Green, Looking for Alaska
Death is inevitable. The moment we were born in this world was also the moment that we destined to die. There are three realities that man must undergo in life and these are unavoidable: to be born, change, and death. Nativity starts all and death will eventually ends all. However, the ending is sweet because all our efforts will not be put in vain. The measure of life is on the aspect of ‘how did we spend our life here on earth’ and not on the side of ‘how did we enjoy our life here on earth’. We consider death as a tragic event that man will experience. But we forget the very essence of it, that death is an important phenomenon which can lead us to be reborn to eternal life with God.
Death opens the door of heaven if we in good conscience lived life in virtue. It also opens the door of hell if we did the opposite. Death can be associated with a judge. It gives judgment if we are for heaven or hell. When we die, people will remember us positively or negatively. Positively when we touched and helped others’ lives; negatively when people remembers that at one moment in their lives we became indifferent to their cries.
So while we still have life; while we are still alive, we need to do good not for the sake of heaven or hell but for the sake of goodness itself for death is inevitable.
-Fiel Pareja, MPM