In the Bible, and especially in the New Testament, we cannot speak of death without speaking of life. By coming to Earth, being crucified and by his resurrection, Jesus defeated death and opened the way to eternal life. When we are in pain from with the loss of a loved one, the Word of God is a consolation because it offers us the hope of living again through Christ.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4)
“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Corinthians 15:19-20)
“For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” (Thessalonians 4; 14)
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11; 25-26)
“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Revelation 1; 17-18)
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
“On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 25:7-8)
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
Jesus cried when he heard of Lazarus's death. Jesus knows our sufferings, our mourning, and comes to comfort us. In the face of death, he is our light.
On Hozana, find prayer communities to increase hope and entrust your loved ones to the Lord.
- A novena for divine mercy for those who have left us, and a
- a prayer community focused on St. Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy.