By Br. Reginald Zamora, OP
November 4, 2018
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Steve Jobs, one of the wealthiest and influential men on the planet, died at the young age of 56 on October 5, 2011. He is the man behind the company that gave the world iPod, iPad and the iPhone. He was a man so powerful then, yet on his death bed, he had this to say, “At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realized that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.”
And with a tone of regret, he has realized that what actually matters most in life is love. “The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me. What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love.” And as a final reminder he says, “Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends.”
In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us the same answer. Love God above all and love your neighbor as yourself. I hope we do not wait for our own death bed to realize this message that Jesus constantly reminds us. Love, love, love. Because… Love is all that really matters.