Blessed John XXIII, pray for us.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
S Charles Lwanga, Martyr, and companions, martyrs: "If we have died with him"
we shall also live with him
-- 2 Tm 2:8-15
Because of Christ, Christian death has a positive meaning: "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." "The saying is sure: if we have died with him, we will also live with him. What is essentially new about Christian death is this: through Baptism, the Christian has already "died with Christ" sacramentally, in order to live a new life; and if we die in Christ's grace, physical death completes this "dying with Christ" and so completes our incorporation into him in his redeeming act: