‘Death and Taxes’
‘Nothing is certain, but death and taxes.’
Yet, taxes have a purpose. Used wisely, they contribute to the up-building of the common good.
Death, on the other hand, seems to have no purpose.
St. Paul, however, wants to reassure us in 1Thessalonians 4:
May Christ who was crucified for you bring you freedom and peace.
May Christ who died for you admit you into his garden of paradise.
May Christ, the true Shepherd, acknowledge you as one of his flock.
May you see your Redeemer face to face.
(Pastoral Care of the Sick, Prayer of Commendation)