Posted by: livingscripture | November 22, 2008

November 22, 2008 33 Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


He is not God of the dead, but of the living; for all live to him. 

  (Luke 20, 38)


How should we live this Word


Jesus proclaims this word of life when responding to a somewhat ironic question posed by the Sadducees.    There were seven brothers. The first married and died without producing children.  This happened to the second and the third and so on to the seventh.  ‘Whose wife will the woman be at the resurrection?’  Jesus’ answer has the power of lightening and the sound of thunder.  Yes, because it dissipates the opaqueness and darkness of a totally materialistic concept, tied to categories of reasoning that are merely earthy.  Jesus wants to tell us that to manage sex as we do food and drink and other things useful to life, is something closely tied to the earthly dimension of existence.    But fortunately, this our earthly existence is not everything.  We will open ourselves to that life in which ‘we will be equal to the angels…children of the resurrection’.  Death will touch us no more!


Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Holy Spirit to fill me with joy at this prospective of freedom and of eternity.  The earthly dimension of my life, with the possibility of answering positively to its needs, is God’s gift.  But woe to me if I am so dense as to fail to live already hope, as a child of the resurrection.


Lord, You who are the God of the living and not the dead, grant that I may live according to the demands of Your love, opening my heart to horizons of life that have no end.


The Voice of St. Ephraim the Syrian, Church Father


If hope revives our eyes, we will see what is hidden.  Death’s sleep will end one morning.  The body will be beautiful, beloved temple of the Spirit.  Renewed, it will change into the home of blessed peace.  Then the trumpet will sound on the deaf harps, ‘Wake up!  Sing praise before the Spouse!’  When the tombs are opened, we will hear an echo of voices.  All will take the harp in order to play the song of praise. Glory to Him when He humiliates.  Glory to Him when He raises up!

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