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Christianity, on the contrary, looks right at death. It looks at death and laughs at it. The martyrs of the church, thousands of them over the centuries, have lived the words of Sacred Scripture: "Where O death is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"
The fear of death is exactly what Jesus' entire mission on earth was addressing. Death, since it is the result of sin, is why Jesus came. We began Lent with a showdown with the Devil, and now the tide is building once again. Soon he will unleash all the evil that has been growing quietly in the hearts of men. His pride ends up being his downfall in the cross. Jesus conquers death by death itself.
Paul makes it clear for us today that for the Christian, life & death go hand-in-hand. We have the courage of the martyrs because we have already died in a certain way in baptism. And here is how they go together: If we want to live in God, then we die to the world.
LOTR Frodo's choice for a death mission. Sam is like Thomas "let's go to die with him". Love drives out fear.