When we lose someone we love to death there is a tendency for us feel despondent and to conclude that we never will see them again. Yet death is not the end. That is the message that Paul wanted to deliver to the Thessolonians in today’s first reading.
We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
about those who have fallen asleep,
so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,
so too will God, through Jesus,
bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,
that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,
will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself, with a word of command,
with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God,
will come down from heaven,
and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive, who are left,
will be caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Lord in the air.
Thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore, console one another with these words.
When we are suffering the loss of a loved one we must console one another with the hope that is the person of Jesus. Only through him can we understand the meaning of rising from death.