One of the Friars recently told me a story about a woman in his parish who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. Her name was Marge, and she had decided to get her things “in order,” so she contacted this Friar and asked him to come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. Marge told the Friar which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scripture passages she would like read, and what dress she wanted to be buried in. The woman also told him that she wanted to be buried with her favorite Rosary Beads and her Bible. Everything was finished and the Friar was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.
“There’s one more thing,” she said.
“What’s that?” he asked.
“And this is very important,” Marge said.
“I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.”
The Friar just stood looking at the woman not knowing quite what to say. “Surprising huh?” Marge said, staring right back at him. “Well, to be honest, it’s more strange than surprising,” said the Friar.
But Marge said, “In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say
‘You can keep your fork, the best is yet to come.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming… like chocolate cake or apple pie. Something wonderful was coming next!”
“So, I just want people to see me there, laid out in my casket with a fork in my hand, and I want them to wonder, ‘What’s with the fork?’ Then I want you to tell them: ‘Marge said: Keep your fork… remember the best is yet to come.’”
The best IS yet to come! That’s the resurrection story of Jesus Christ!
We have seen the best that is waiting for us in His Resurrection, and we know He is waiting for us in our death.
You can be part of our Franciscan Easter Prayer by joining us for our special Easter Sunday Mass. The Friars will be praying especially for you, your intentions and all those you love. Simply write in your intentions and send in your names with your gift for the poor and we will include them in our Easter Mass Intentions. These Masses will be celebrated by our Friars in Florida and New Jersey. On Easter Sunday, they will be praying and worshipping with you and for you on this special Day of the Lord, when we remember that: