Death is gain

The Second Reading from Today’s Mass for the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philiippians:

Philippians 1: 20C-24: “Brothers and sisters:Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me life is Christ, and death is gain. If I go on living in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. And I do not know which I shall choose. I am caught between the two. I long to depart this life and be with Christ, for that is far better. Yet that I remain in the flesh is more necessary for your benefit. Only, conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

via USCCB.

This is one of the two essential “missions” for this blog. One being to discuss certain things that don’t get much traffic in Twelve Step meetings; the other is a way to express my yearnings for the afterlife.

The latter is by no means a suicidal wish for I will remain on the Earth for as long as God wishes to keep me here.

But I do long to “depart this life and be with Christ,” for that is truly better. But, unless I am mistaken, I feel that He still has plans for me in this life, plans I continue to discern and carry out to the best of my ability. Which quite often seems very insufficient.

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  1. oldkate says:

    Hi Paul, At 73, with 45++ yrs of sobriety by God’s Grace Alone!…I’m now concentrating on the “Last Things””. Isn’t it awesome our RC Church family left us all of their 2ooo yrs of experience & life knowledge? Still, it seems we must each learn from our own experiences. However, the mere fact that so many Saints had the same problems, Graces, & Interior “God Experiences” helps so much. Hope I’ll be able to find your blog again. I’m electronically challenged! Can’t remember how I signed into LI or my pass word!! So the alternative will have to work for now. 🙂 God bless! Kathleen Riney…(I’m on FB)