Everything that I know about God’s love and grace has helped me to see death in an old age as a beautiful experience. Death is where our baptismal promises are completed, because in baptism we are joined to Christ through his death and resurrection. When we die, we belong to the resurrection.
For all of us who have lost loved ones we hold onto these baptismal promises. We know they aren’t a magic potion to make us feel better about death, but the hope our very lives is built upon.
God offers us the way to eternal life, freed from the fear of death.
Today is Good Friday. The readings are Isaiah 52:13—53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25; Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 (alternate); John 18:1—19:42. This message was adapted from “Faith reflections: Death and resurrection” written by Jenna Pulkowski that first appeared in the April 2013 issue of Café.