Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 30 October – 5 November 2016
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
After reading the recently released guidelines of the Vatican concerning cremation, one question popped on my mind: What happens when we die?
If we ask scientists about it, they will certainly answer us the stages of cell death in our bodies and its decomposition. However, if we will ask the clergy on this matter, they will give us an entirely different answer: The soul of the deceased goes to meet God and be with Him for eternity. So what is the difference? The outcome.
Death, when we experience it here on earth thru others, sadness and sorrow is often seen especially from the closed loved ones. However, to the deceased who was given the gift of eternal life, death may not be very bad at all. In fact, according to those who have experienced near-death, they recall a feeling of complete peace with the presence of light shining upon them. Some have even seen God.
All of this is possible because of God who have loved us. Death is no longer an unpleasant experience but rather a hope that one day, all of our struggles, sorrows and difficulties in an imperfect world will end to be in eternity where peace and joy overflows from God.
Today, let us pray and remember our loved ones who have departed so that the peace of God will be with them.
Death is a destination we all share.