Some years ago, a friend was gravely injured in a freak accident. She was taken to the hospital where she died the next day, without ever regaining consciousness. I later heard that her devastated partner, arriving at the hospital, said simply, “There is nothing unfinished between us.”
These words have stayed with me, weighed on me, ever since. How many of us can say that there is “nothing unfinished” in any arena of our lives? I know that my days often seem filled with unfinished business, calls to make, emails to answer, the to-do list with all its loose ends. It is even possible that we finish the least of all with those closest to us, because they are always there, because we are sure of their trust and love.
Today I am meditating on the need to take care of unfinished business, to mend a quarrel, clear up a misunderstanding, make amends for a wrong. It is never too soon and never too late.
Appointed readings for today: Micah 7:14-15, 18-20, Psalm 103, Luke 15:11-32