Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 13 – 19 May 2018
“We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:8
Rest in peace. If you look at those words death will always be the first thing that we will think of it. Looking at these words, death is a time for rest – after a tiring journey in this world one can finally rest, in peace.
So how do we define the third word, peace? Are we referring to it as sleeping soundly with our eyes closed when we are not conscious of our existence, of our self and of everything around us? If we look at the Bible, we see that peace (when referring with death) isn’t similar to those but rather enjoying a life without worries, without pain and without suffering.
What is that life that is mentioned in the Bible? Life after death, when we will finally receive our glorified bodies that cannot be touched by death, in paradise with our Lord and when we will again see our relatives, friends and others who have gone before us. Sooner or later those we have left in this world will also follow us in paradise, on that day, nothing will separate us with the Lord.
Death may be the end of the line in this world, but it is also the beginning of something new.
The grave is the both the end of life in this world and the beginning of life in Christ