I read this article a few days ago and since then, I just haven’t been able to forget the words of this missionary doctor as he describes his reaction to discovering he was HIV-positive.
At a time when you would think he was mostly feeling scared and desperate – maybe even angry – his words are, on the other hand, really full of faith and hope…
And it’s inspiring.
It has stuck with me.
“… what really made the difference for me, regarding the comprehension of death, was a passage of St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans: “No one lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s” (14:7-8).
“The double reality of life and death no longer existed: Whether I live or die, I belong to the Lord. This becomes the only true reality. It is exactly that peace of heart that allows one to be as happy to live as to die. Happy to live because I live for the Lord; happy to die because I die for the Lord.
“I think that there cannot be a greater inner freedom, so great that it was necessary for Jesus to die and to resurrect to achieve it: “For this is why Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living” (Romans 14:9).
photo credit: The Snappy Canadian