If I wrote a letter to those who were grieving my death, what would I write? This is one of the questions that I asked myself last year in my post, Preparing to Die in 5 Easy Steps. I also made a commitment to choose the Bible readings that I would like read at my Funeral Mass. These two efforts find communion in the words of St. Paul – one of the Scripture passages that I choose for when my loved ones say goodbye to me, whenever that may be.
As I am busy writing my book, God willing, I share this reading with you, dear reader. (I will be checking the comments, so please keep up the bothering and encouraging so that I can stay on track!)
The words that follow are definitely those of St. Paul. My letter to my loved ones will be different. But, there is a tenderness in what St. Paul has to say to the Philippians that touches my heart and, I hope, will touch the heart of those who will hear it at my funeral, whenever that may be. The way that he combines his expressions of affection and his joyful encouragement toward unity and kindness with the jaw-dropping reality of the Mystery of the Incarnation fills me with delight – this is Christianity. A call to love, humility, compassion, and generosity, to union with divinity – through Christ, who is God… humble, compassionate, generous… love itself.
Wonder of wonders…