Posted by: livingscripture | November 19, 2011

Thirty Third Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

                                 Luke 20: 38                                                                                                 

How should we live this Word

 

Jesus closes the mouths of the Sadducees, a Jewish sect that denied the resurrection of the dead, with this radiant affirmation.  They had posed an objection.  They believed that the widow had to marry the brother of her deceased husband.  However, their argument about the widow who outlived seven husbands was full of derisive irony.

It is in this context that Jesus proclaims the economy of the resurrection when all will be different, even the rapport between a man and woman that here on earth revolves around the complementary meaning of the sexes.  To be ‘like angels’ in eternal life expresses overcoming the dialectic between body and spirit that is the connotation and the fatigue of our being men and women here below.  All this will be overcome.  However, we must begin living as children of the resurrection here and now.

Jesus says that we become children of the resurrection by living as God’s children, as men and women who do not let signs of death sediment in them but who open up to receive life and care for it.

 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Holy Spirit to enter into my identity as a child of the resurrection and thus to savor and spread ‘zest for life’ that is our new life in Christ Jesus. 

Lord, You rose from the dead so that we could be risen with You in hope.  Help us to open ourselves to thoughts and sentiments of peace, of progress in goodness, in gentleness, in the promotion of those who are with us. 

The voice of St. Cyril of Jerusalem 

We sow wheat if we like or any other kind of seed.  As soon as it falls, it seems to die and go into putrefaction, useless for food.  But that putrefaction rises verdant.  Little when it falls, it rises very beautiful.  The wheat is made for us.  The wheat and the seeds are made for our use, not for themselves.  That which has been created for us, re-lives when dead.  And we, the reason for which they were made, once dead will we not rise?

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