“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the
death of his faithful ones.”
Rabbi Meir was teaching in the synagogue
when the angel of death touched his
Their sorrowful mother covered them
and left them laying in bed.
When the Rabbi came back, the mother
him with a question:
“Some time ago a gentleman lent me
and asked me earnestly to watch over
He now came and asked back for them;
I give them to him?”
“Of course and quickly!” was the prompt
of her husband.
“Today, the Lord came and asked me
He wants them back. I gave them back
she disclosed to him calmly as she
into the bedroom.
In front of his two dead children,
with tears in his eyes exclaimed:
“The Lord gave them to us. The Lord
May His name be blessed! Now they are
He loves our children more than we
This is a simple story taken from the
that throws a strong light on the pain
in the face of the death of our dear
Death troubles us
because it flaunts the absurdity of
we plan and build our lives
Death puts us in our place
because it strips us of oursenseless
Death helps us also
because it can teach us to worry less.
Death proposes to us
to work not for things that pass
but for those that last for ever.
The reminder of death jogs your memory
to take advantage of the moment we
and start loving and appreciating those
before it is too late
The memory of death should turn our
Everyone today closes all windows that
It is very easy for us to sweat
as if we were to live here for ever.
It is easy for us to clutch tight to
as if they will linger with us for
Death can help us unwind a little!
Christianity, as usual, makes one step
Because it announces that, thanks to
death has been destroyed.
Death is only a mirage.
The Lord burst open all graves.
When Jesus Christ came face to face
He knocked down this leviathan.
To the widow of Naim’s son he said:
“Young man, I say to you, get up!”
To Jairus’ daughter he said:
“Talitha, get up!”
To Lazarus, his friend, he said:
“Come out of the tomb!”
AND all these stood up on their feet.
and came out of their death chamber.
This is the most wonderful news of
Jesus Christ came into the world
to demolish death once and for all.
We too, as long as we cling to him,
can be triumphant over death.
We too are called
to live as people already resurrected
so that when we breathe our last breath
we do not die!
I remember when I saw the dead body
father in the coffin,
then I realized that appearance deceive.
My father was not dead. He was alive!
And I could meet him…
every time I met Jesus Christ,
because he was with Him.
Death has been destroyed.
It does not exist.
“But the souls of the virtuous are in the
hands of God,
no torment shall ever touch them.
In the eyes of the unwise, they did
their going looked like a disaster,
their leaving us, like annihilation.
If they experienced punishment as men
their hope was rich with immortality.
Slight was their affliction, great
God has put them to the test,
and accepted them as a holocaust.
When the time comes for his visitation, they
will shine out”
(Wisdom 3, 1-7)
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