Question of the Day for Friday, July 19, 2013
Neither death nor life
Q. My favorite book in the Bible is St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. There is a passage in the book that I never understand fully, however. Can you shed light on this? The passage is: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (8:38-39).
— J.C., Covington, Ky.
A. Here’s a reply from OSV columnist Msgr. M. Francis Mannion:
This is indeed a wonderful passage and a source of great consolation and comfort in times of need. Let us look at the things that threaten us, according to St. Paul. The first is life and death. The destructive power of death needs little elaboration. Even if we believe in the Resurrection, still death is, as one of my friends says, a terrible way to go! Death is the complete dissolution of all we know.
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