Death was not God’s doing,
he takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living.
To be – for this he created all;
the world’s created things have health in them,
in them no fatal poison can be found,
and Hades holds no power on earth;
for virtue is undying.
Yet God did make man imperishable,
he made him in the image of his own nature;
it was the devil’s envy that brought death into the world,
as those who are his partners will discover.
First reading for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
We confront death and sin daily, and yet we were made for life and love. The struggle to avoid that which cramps and wounds and even kills us would be one to which we are quite unequal were it not for the fact that in our struggle we are aided by the grace of God.
Today’s Gospel tells of an old woman who bravely reaches out to take what she needs, and of a young girl already dead but who is raised by the Lord.
We are never alone, never without the aid of the Lord, let us take fresh courage.
Mortality. St Trophime, Arles. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.