MY daily reflection and prayer: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Luke 20:27-40
Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died childless.
Then the second and the third married her, and likewise all the seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been married to her.” Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.
They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called ‘Lord’ the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” Some of the scribes said in reply, “Teacher, you have answered well.” And they no longer dared to ask him anything.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
The Sadducees have one big problem in understanding on resurrection. They deny that there is a resurrection. They cannot conceive of heaven beyond what they can see with their naked eyes!
They do not recognize spiritual realities because we try to make heaven into an earthly image. They do not believe in immortality, nor in angels or evil spirits. Their religion is literally grounded in an earthly image of heaven.
Jesus defeats their arguments by showing that God is a living God of a living people. The ultimate proof of the resurrection is the Lord Jesus and His victory over death when He rose from the tomb. In the Gospel of St. John we read that Jesus exclaims, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25). Jesus asks us the same question. Do we believe in the resurrection and in the promise of eternal life with God?
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we worship Jesus Christ who reveals to us the eternal truths of God’s unending love and the life he desires to share with us for all eternity. Let’s live now in the joy and hope of the life of the age to come by confidently worshipping Him in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, may You put Your hands on our eyes also, for then we too shall begin to look not at what is seen but at what is not seen. May You open our eyes that are concerned not with the present but with what is yet to come. May we believe in You, the Lord, Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem
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