Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
(Genesis 46:1-7.28-30; Matthew 10:16-23)
If one wants to end a conversation quickly, she might bring up the subject of death. No one really likes to talk about it. In fact, as the title of a great book published forty years ago suggests, many practice The Denial of Death. Thus, people try to hide their mortality by refusing to make a will or plan their funeral. In today’s first reading, God puts the inevitability of Israel’s death squarely before him.
The Lord tells Israel not to worry but to go to Egypt where he will die. However, death will not be his absolute destiny. His name will live on in his people which will become great under God’s protection. Reassured, Israel complies with God’s command.
We believe that God has given us a greater destiny in Jesus, his only begotten Son. United to Jesus by his cross and resurrection, which we assume in Baptism, we share Jesus’ eternal glory. For us death is not the end but a new beginning. In it we will feel the love of God more deeply than ever possible on our earthly sojourn.