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Facing Death Calmly

Reflection on Mass Reading for July 17, 2021

Theme for July 2021: Why Does God Test Me?

This was a night of vigil for the LORD, as he led them out of the land of Egypt.
Today on this wonderful Summer Saturday of July, we encounter what is perhaps one of the most– if not the most difficult –of all tests for which to prepare: Death. Following Jesus teaches us all not only how to live but also how to die: with courage and faith. The slavery of the Israelites in Egypt is like a symbol of life itself and being set free to enter the Promised Land, so much akin to being set free from the shackles of his life to live forever with Him in Heaven, our true Promised Land.

The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
Jesus knew first hand what it meant to face death. He did it with such love laced with courage and total self-giving to the Father’s will that all of us would be saved and have a safe home forever in Heaven. One thing is for sure. We will all face the end. Our choice this very day is to make sure that we live with Christ so that we might meet that night together, awaiting the morning of a glorious Resurrection.

“Facing death calmly is praiseworthy only if one faces it alone. Death together is no longer death, even for unbelievers. The source of sorrows lies not in leaving life, but in leaving that which gives it meaning. When love is our whole life, what difference is there between living together and dying together?” Raymond Radiguet

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