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ONLY JESUS HAS THE ANSWER TO DEATH

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Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Nahum 2:1, 3:1-3, 6-7 & Mt. 16:24-28

The mighty Assyrians were for a long time the relentless oppressors of the Jews. Nahum, the prophet, foresaw the impending destruction of this feared adversary and proclaimed a message of hope to the people. As a matter of fact, Nineveh, the capital city of Assyria, was destroyed in 612 BC by the combined forces of Babylon and Medea. The Jews thought it was the end of their misfortune but Assyria's place was taken by Babylon, and later by the Roman Empire, which both conquered the Jews. The relief afforded by the demise of Assyria was only temporary.

In modern times the First World War was hailed as 'the war to end all wars' but it was followed by an even more terrible global conflict. But even the Second World War did not end hostilities, for since then there have been many more in different parts of the world. We all live under the possibility of a nuclear war prompting many people to wonder about the meaning of life and death.

Is life nothing more than Macbeth's 'tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing'? Is there a prophet bold enough to proclaim a message of hope for humanity? Yes there is … Our Lord Jesus Christ. He says to us today, “Whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

The Preface of the Mass of Christian Death proclaims our faith. “In Christ Who rose from the dead our hope of resurrection dawned, and the sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death we gain an everlasting dwelling place in Heaven.” It is true that only Jesus has the answer to death, whether it be brought on by war, disease, accident or old age.

Lord Jesus, may we always remain faithful to You, for You have promised us that if we give our life to You, You will reward us with everlasting life.

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