The Melanesian Martyrs' Memorial Church of St Andrews

Pentecost 4a, 2020

The Gospel paradox is that when we loose our life to Christ we actually find it.  St. Paul understood that when he lost his life on the road to Damascus, he had found it in such a way that nothing but nothing could separate him from the love of Jesus Christ. He calls it “newness of life” in his epistle to the Romans. In the Book of Romans he reassures us that we share the death of Jesus in our baptism, and we also rise with him. “But if we die with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” What a glorious, comforting thought in the midst of a world that tries to scare us to death. The death we experience with Jesus is not terrifying. It is the only act that makes sense. Dying to sin, dying to desires that oppress instead of delighting us, dying to selfishness in order to give God the glory. “For if we have been united with him in a death like his,” St. Paul tells us, “we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” Thanks be to God!  Pentecost 4a 20