A wake-up call

The unexpected death of Fr Phillips Muthu is certainly a wake-up call to all of us on the fragility of life.

Sep 23, 2016

Dear Editor,

The unexpected death of Fr Phillips Muthu is certainly a wake-up call to all of us on the fragility of life. Yes, there are many Bible passages that remind us to be always prepared, but somehow they are just ‘words’ to us, something we read about or hear at Sunday Mass. We prefer to believe that death will only knock at our door when we are ready.

But we can never know when our time will be up. We don’t know when the Lord will decide to ‘evict’ us from our earthly abode to send us on another ‘journey’ to a new ‘home’. We make plans for tomorrow, or the following week, for the coming months and even years. We leave our work unfinished telling ourselves that we can get it done tomorrow. Arguments remain unresolved. Family ties remain broken. Friendships remain lost. We remain stubborn in our determination to not forgive or forget. We have time we tell ourselves. We will reconcile when we are ready, just not yet.

Personally I believe that Fr Phillips did everything that he could during his life here on earth. He didn’t leave any unfinished business, or leave any dream unfulfilled. His was a lifelong mission to help those in need, a mission that he would have wanted others to continue by people like you and me. The legacy that he left behind was the life that he led, the lives that he touched.

Even in death, Fr Phillips has left each one of us a gift, and it is up to each one of us to discover that gift and to use it the way he would have wanted us to.

Patricia Pereira
Kuala Lumpur

Total Comments:0

Name
Email
Comments