Sunday, 24 July 2011

Amy Winehouse - A Lesson for the World

Fame, fortune and the adulation of the world
"For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?"
Mark 8:36

Therein lies the lesson for us all.

Amy Winehouse did not have "the world" but she could be said to have the world at her feet. She had a promising music career, thanks to gifts received from God. She was a "celebrity" and put on a pedestal. She had wealth and chose a hedonistic life.

In the Gospels there are various references to the "thief in the night"

"For yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the Lord shall so come, as a thief in the night."
1 Thessalonians 5:2

"But the day of the Lord shall come as a thief..."
2 Peter 3:10

"But know this ye, that if the goodman of the house knew at what hour the thief would come, he would certainly watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken open."
Matthew 24:43

In various texts I have read this has been interpreted as the end of times, Judgement Day etc., yet I believe it also refers to each and every one of us; because we never know when our time will come, when we will die, and so when we will face the four last things: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell.

If we choose to abuse the gifts that God has bestowed on us for our own ends rather than for His glory, then we had better be prepared for that ultimate Judgement.

We can think (for we have free will) that God does not matter or does not exist, that the Church and her Sacraments are irrelevant, that we must amass wealth, power, glory and the other trifles of this world. We can even chose a life of hedonistic excess.

However, just because we have free will does not mean we should surrender to our concupiscent nature, for our own death, and therefore our own Judgement, will come "like a thief in the night" to so many of us.

We Catholics pray for a good death. We plead with the Holy Trinity that we may have a good death, that we are prepared. In reality there can be nothing more important for each living person.

Sadly for Amy Winehouse she did not get a good death. Christ did come for her like a "thief in the night," suddenly and unexpected. All the money and fame in the world will not sway her Judgement; that will be down to her actions, her prayers and the state of her soul when she died.

There is a lesson for us all.

"Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour."
Matthew 25:13

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