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UPDATED MONTHLY: JANUARY 2018
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For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. These famous words form
the foundation of St. Paul’s great chapter 15 in 1 Corinthians, all about Christ’s
resurrection and (therefore) our resurrection. In one sentence we have both the really
bad news and the really good news. It’s not either-or for us, but both-and. For me,
and for us all in varying degrees, January began, continued and ended with coming
face to face with many experiences of sickness, suffering, dying and, yes, death.
In every case we have prayed; in some cases our prayers have been answered in ways
which we wanted and which have moved us with praise and thanks to God; and in other
cases prayers have been answered in different ways, necessary ways perhaps, better
ways maybe. Certainly, it puts me into a reflective mode: it seems that so strong
is our will to life that to be around death, dying or just unrelenting suffering
diminishes us as well. I sense that this must be because Life is what God gives us,
whereas death is of what the evil one has robbed us. Why else should living matter
so much to us?is why Jesus offers us such good news: I have come that they may have
life and have it abundantly. Whatever our circumstances