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Thought for the weekend: The bond that not even death can break

By Fr Patrick McCafferty

"Nothing that exists ... nothing still to come can ever separate us from the love of God revealed in His son" (Romans 8:35,37-39).

Paul the apostle knew the truth of these words which are recorded forever, by the Holy Spirit, to comfort and reassure the People of God.

St Paul faced every conceivable hardship in his own life with courage and faith, knowing that he was united with the Lord, in a bond that not even death would sever.

Christ offers us this loving communion with Himself, which, by the power of the Holy Spirit, unites us with His Father and our Father (John 20:17), for all eternity.

Whenever we open our hearts to such gracious love, lavishly poured out (I John 3:1), we become forever sealed with 'Love stronger than death' (Song of Songs 8:8).

The poet and the hymn-writers have described this love and grace as 'amazing'.

The only worthy response from a human being is adoration, to fall prostrate before the mystery of infinite love that cradles our existence, to safely deliver us to the fullness of life (John 10:10).

God, in infinite love, seeks to save all He has created.

The diagnosis is clear and the answer is simple.

The solution is to recognise the truth that we are all loved with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3) by God.

To accept this truth, in all humility brings the answer to all our questions and the end of all our quests.

The simple end to all our striving is bliss for 'you keep them in perfect peace whose minds are stayed on you' (Isaiah 26:3).

And we will know eternal happiness.

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