A young American serviceman, on returning from Vietnam, was asked by some of his friends how the war experience had affected his life. He said, “The thought that the end of my life is a hole six feet deep and six feet long casts a dark shadow on everything I do now.” From the beginning of time, we human persons have been faced with that hole six feet deep. And, when we believe it is the end, it does cast a dark shadow over everything we do. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Christian disciple is an absolute conviction on this matter. This is why the New Testament has come down to us as such incredible Good News. In the Gospels we discover that God has acted through the life of Jesus to show us the meaning of our human existence.
The famous cartoonist, Jules Pfeiffer, was discussing a cartoon strip he did for the newspapers. In it, a little boy didn’t want…
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