I found out recently that someone I know has been told he only has months to live. I'm not sure how I would deal with that had it been me, it is difficult enough to walk with someone through that time. I sometimes have the reaction of "that cannot be true" and deny what is happening. I have seen enough suffering and heard enough "death sentences" to know that sometimes... sometimes doctors are wrong. Sometimes they tell someone this and that person fights hard enough to either live much, much longer than they were told, or they recover altogether. But, the fact is, sometimes that doesn't happen, and they die - either within the prescribed time, or sometimes sooner. Usually it is those around that person that are completely devastated. The person who is dying usually finds a way to cope before the end actually comes, but his/her family has a much more difficult time.
That is where today's reading comes in. What a comfort to think that there will actually be a time when there are no more tears, no more death, no more suffering. This is hopeful for all of us who have lost a loved one. It is comforting to know that all things will be made new and all things will, one day, be made right. The suffering we are now experiencing will, one day, end. We just have to hold on until then.