MY daily reflection and prayer: Sunday November 2, 2014
“Every one who believes in him will be raised up at the last day”
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today, according to St. Gospel in 6:37-40
Jesus said to the crowds: “Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
Today is the commemoration of all the faithful departed, a special day to pray for all souls. What can we contemplate on it? First, we can consider that our hope is not in this present life only. We have a beautiful future of life in heaven, the life to come after our physical death. God puts in the heart of each of us, the desire for unending life and happiness. After our physical death, God gives us something which death cannot touch that is His own divine life and sustaining power.
In the Book of Job, we read the testimony of Job, one of the greatest examples of faith and hope in everlasting life with God. There we read how God allows him to be tested through great trial and suffering. In the midst of his sufferings he does not waver in his trust of God. He exclaims, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another” (Job 19:25-27).
About the hope after physical death, we can also learn from King David. He expresses his hope in the promise of everlasting life with God. He prays, “Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Psalm 16:9-11).
Second, in the context of our Christian faith, of course, we believe that our hope is in Jesus Christ, the Lord. He has made an incredible promise to us when He says, “Everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day” (John 6:40).
The question is how can we see Jesus Christ, the Lord? According to His word as proclaimed by St. John 6:51, first of all, we can see Jesus Christ, the Lord in the Eucharist because He says: I am the bread of life (John 6:35). He makes His presence known to us in the breaking of the bread of life who comes from heaven in the Eucharist. Even, we also adore Him in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist. There, the Lord Jesus Christ reveals Himself as our source of eternal and everlasting life.
Jesus Christ invites us to approach the table of the Lord, in where He offers Himself as spiritual food which produces the very life of God within us. He also offers us the hope of sharing in His resurrection, an abundant life without end.
Based on the Eucharist and Adoration, then we can see His presence in our neighbors. As the Gospel proclaimed to us today, Jesus says, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40). All we do unto our neighbors, we do it for Jesus Christ. Surely, it flows from our unity with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and also from the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You promise that those who accept You as the Lord and Savior and submit to Your words will be raised up to immortal life with You when You come again at the last day.
Give us unwavering faith, unshakeable hope, and the fire of Your unquenchable love that we may serve You and our neighbors joyfully, now and for ever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem