ASK BISHOP BONSU
Question by Emmanuel W., Madina, Accra.
“My Lord, something troubles my mind. I have this good friend about 35 years old. He died three weeks ago of liver disease. He was a communicant and a strong Marian devotee. It has been haunting my mind seriously. Why did God allow him to die? Why didn’t Jesus in the Eucharist heal him? If God can’t heal and protect His own, then am I safe?”
Let me begin by expressing my condolences to you over the death of your good friend who died so young. I will remember both him and you in my prayers.
To go back to your question: I think each and every one of us should live with the idea of the certainty of death for ourselves and others. We should come to terms with the idea that death will come to each one of us. As the psalmist says, “What man can live and never see death?” (Psalm 89:48). In a similar vein, William Shakespeare says in Julius Caesar, “death, a necessary end will come when it will come”. Death will come to everyone. The death of a friend, relative, colleague, etc., is just a reminder to us of this fact.
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