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<< Friday, July 6, 2001 >> St. Maria Goretti
 
Genesis 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67
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Psalm 106:1-5 Matthew 9:9-13
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DEATH DEFEATS DEATH

 
"Then he left the side of his dead one." —Genesis 23:3
 

Our culture of death is without a foundation and without a future. It's only a matter of time before it self-destructs. We can save many lives by hastening its demise. We can displace our culture of death with a civilization of love and life.

We can conquer our culture of death by dying (Heb 2:14). Paradoxically, this is how Jesus conquered death. Sarah's death and burial plot gave Abraham and his people a foothold in the promised land (Gn 23:4ff). We conquer death by:

  • dying to self (see Jn 12:24),
  • physically dying for Jesus as martyrs do,
  • resisting the temptations to despair and escapism in the face of death (see Wis 2:1ff; 1 Cor 15:32), and
  • receiving the life-changing, earth-shaking graces which are given when someone faithful to the Lord dies (Ps 116:15).

Death has lost its sting and its victory (1 Cor 15:55). Death has been swallowed up in the victory of Jesus' death (1 Cor 15:54) and the victory of the lives of those who have been baptized into His death (Rm 6:3). Though we walk in the valley of the shadow of death (Ps 23:4, KJV), we have victory over death and its culture, for we are in the crucified Christ, "the Resurrection and the Life" (Jn 11:25).

 
Prayer: Father, You fill me with hope and life. I love You.
Promise: Jesus "said to him, 'Follow Me.' Matthew got up and followed Him." —Mt 9:9
Praise: St. Maria's death gave Life to her killer.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, January 4, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 24, 2001
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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