The Book of Wisdom 3, 1-3
Something to read
But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them. In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be a disaster, and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace.
New Revised Standard Version
Something to think about
How do we measure a life? Often much weight is put on success and achievements but as one song repeatedly says, 'How about love? Measure in love'.
When a person dies, what is it we remember about them? The experiences we’ve shared both in sorrow and in joy are important to hold onto as they reflect a closeness rooted in love.
How can we keep these memories alive? Their legacies of love will be kept with us forever when we share the love we had for them with others.
The only way to give justice to what they have left us is to keep the fire of love for our neighbours burning in our hearts. We celebrate not the death of people, but their lives lived in love.
The demand on our lives is righteousness: this is the hope that we have in God. Death is not a disaster but the righteous person is only returning to the Creator.
They are returning home and this is to be a joyful experience. Home is where we belong, where we can be confident of sharing God’s love. But for that desire to be fulfilled, it is necessary for us to share the love that God has shared with us.
Something to do
Develop your determination to be righteous and have faith, hope and confidence in God, who will lead us safely to that unknown future, even beyond our life here on earth.
Something to pray
Pray for God’s wisdom and understanding to instill a spirit of sharing and to be sacrificial in all your ways.
Today’s contributor is Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe, a former Bishop of the Kurunagala Diocese in the Church of Ceylon, Sri Lanka.