It took one of the finest spiritual teachers I found when it comes to Christianity, Rob Bell, to explain to me that the beatitudes are about Jesus Christ’s capacity for empathy to say, I see you, I feel you, I understand you.
We ended the show on a note I’ve never ended before and that was talking about loss and death and grief. Because one of the most powerful of the beatitudes is this one: “blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted”.
As Omoni talked about a dead body, I remembered seeing the corpse of my father. Rushing him from our house in Odogunyan in Ikorodu to the teaching hospital in Ikorodu. At the dead of the night in the mortuary, touching him at the back of the car and saying, ‘how can you be dead, how can you be dead, how can you be dead?’
And when Omoni spoke about her father as she had told me before, It just took me there … and I said to myself ‘don’t fight those tears, these tears are holy’.
We are here to comfort each other, because all of us will experience death at some point.
All of us will experience loss at some point, all of us will die at some point. When it comes, may we have people who comfort us when we mourn.
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