"What would you be doing right now if you know the world was going to end?" is a legend-ed question once asked of St. Francis. In Rev. R Scott Hurd's reflection in this year's the Living Gospel, he calls for us to consider our own response to that same question. St. Francis responded he would keep doing what he was doing, so at peace in his relationship with the Lord, nothing more was needed.
What would be your answer? What would you need to do to experience the peace St. Francis possessed?
Not too long ago, my husband and I cuddled up on the couch for a Saturday night of movie watching, a true rarity for us. We choose a Steve Carell movie, "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." We were expecting a comedy, but instead were greeted with a very thought-provoking sometimes disturbing (dark) comedy. As we watched different characters prepare for the inevitable end of the world, Kevin and I couldn't help but wonder what we'd do in their place. We both knew regardless of all the many other things we might do, included would be ending at the Church in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. While I struggle to maintain St. Francis' peace with the Lord, in worship before the Blessed Sacrament, my heart is always filled with hope, encouragement and yep that elusive peace.
So, what would you do if you knew the world was going to end?