Funeral Words from Coney Island in 1977
A Funeral in Coney Island (1977)
Let us take a passage from Romans for our text:
None of us live to ourselves or die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord; if we die, we die to the Lord; so living or dying, we belong to the Lord. Therefore Christ died and was raised to life again, so that he might become Lord of both the living and the dead (Romans 14:7-9).
We all belong to the Lord and heaven is where we actually live and find our rest.
We are visitors on earth. All of life can be gray and empty, but God’s divine self offers to live in us. God’s life in ours is genuine life in all its rich colors, because through God’s love, a rainbow of promises radiate over us and through us to others.
God has appointed a rendez vous with each of us and this is how God keeps it – with those who respond to the calling to be for others:
In the poor, God lets us experience riches,
In his prisoners, we appreciate God’s freedom,
In the confused, the direction for our lives,
From those that stray, the path of righteousness,
Among the lost, God shows us the way,
From the mentally ill, the health of the Spirit,
And here by the dead, the fulfillment of life.
By the Law of God’s love, through the very least, we receive the most precious gifts, and what’s more – a rendez vous with God-Self, so that no one is excluded; yes, all become included in God’s plan of salvation.