“O Jesus, I want to live in the present moment, to live as if this were the last day of my life. I want to use every moment scrupulously for the greater glory of God, to use every circumstance for the benefit of my soul. I want to look upon everything, from the point of view that nothing happens without the will of God.”
(Words of St Faustina – Diary entry 1183)
How easy we find it to live with such concern for tomorrow, that we forget about today. We worry about such transient things, of such little real importance, that we lose sight of the blessings today brings. We focus on the temporal, sometimes to the exclusion of the eternal. St Matthew’s Gospel (cf. Mt625-34) warns us against doing this, telling us to seek first the Kingdom of God. This is what St Faustina is thinking of here.
Our primary concern should be this present moment and how we can use it to give glory to God and to come closer to being worthy of that Kingdom.
If we truly act as though today were our last on earth, how our perspective would change! Perhaps this is part of the secret of sanctity – to live in the moment but always with a view to the eternal. To remember always that nothing can happen which God has not ordained or at least permitted for our greater good. If we really believed this, we would have that docility to the will of God which St Faustina speaks about, and we would be at peace.
Merciful Lord, help us to really trust in You and to live accordingly.