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Tuesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

My dear encountered couples:

We find Jesus on occasions bringing the dead back to life. The daughter of the synagogue official had died. Jesus went into her room and brought her back to life. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if he were here now to bring those we love back to us? But we know that in all likelihood that is not going to happen. We are going to have to live the rest of our lives on earth without them. Is it harder to be the one left than the one to go?

Isn’t that often the way it is at train stations and airports? The one left behind has a sad drive home, while the other has the adventure of the trip. But when two people are close, both are made sad, the one leaving as well as the one left.

I think Jesus wants to show us that the good who die are not only still alive with him, but they have found a happiness no one here could possibly give them. And they are waiting to share it with you.

Your loved ones aren’t dead, not even asleep. They are well and alive. If they could they’d give it all up for you and come back just to make you happy. But you don’t really want that, do you? You love them so much you are willing to be separated. But it’s only for awhile. Add to their happiness by living your life to the fullest — God’s way, of course. That will assure you of joining them. The good life is now. The best is yet to come.

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