In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Death is a scary thing. As Christians, we know that it is the “gate of life immortal,” as we will soon sing. But that doesn’t take the fear out of the equation as we wait for our trembling breath to be calmed as we pass death’s gloomy portal. In the Litany, the Church prays to be delivered from “sudden and evil death.” Certainly “sudden and evil death” is on our collective American mind as today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that struck New York City and Washington, D.C. And that only adds to our worry over death! Will I die in my sleep in old age? Will my body be ravished by disease? Will my body stay healthy as my mind is eaten by dementia or Alzheimer’s? Will I be a victim of crime or terrorism? Certainly the way in which the curse of death will visit brings fear. But for the Christian—for you—Our Lord comes with Words of peace: “I say to you, arise!”
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).