27th June

Earlier this week I had a bright idea about a LETTER TO THE EDITOR and this is what I came up with.


Dear Editor; Blanket media coverage has been given to the Berkeley balcony disaster. Almost every dimension has been exhaustively documented: personal profiles of the young people involved, the heartbreak of their families, the outpouring of sorrow and condolences, engineering analysis of the balcony failure, involvement of the Irish diaspora, memorial services celebrating the lives of the victims, etc.

No coverage has been given however to the one matter that is incomparably greater that all the others, namely what happened to the six young people after their death. Did nothing  happen – did death bring with it an absolute end of consciousness? Or else did something happen and the souls/consciousness of the young people move into the transcendent mystery of God? All the great world religions predict the latter and some sort of moral judgment where we give an account of our lives to God.

In his recent book, former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks comments on today’s secular attitudes and its stance on human mortality: “As for human mortality, the best thing to do, as the advice columns tell us, is not to think about it too often. People may be uncertain about the existence of God, but are reasonably sure that if we don’t bother him, he won’t bother us. What the secularists forgot is that Homo sapiens is the meaning-seeking animal. If there is one thing the great institutions of the modern world do not do, it is to provide meaning.”

The good news that inspires Christian meaning and hope is expressed by Jesus at the raising of Lazarus: “I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me even though he die, yet shall he live; and he who lives and believes in me shall never die.” John 11:25-26.