From the Word of the Day
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.
(Luke 20: 37-38)
Human beings are an historical reality living in time, placed in continuity with a time past from which there is the possibility for all that can be a richness for them. They live the present as a real moment of their consciousness and freedom; they look to the future to grasp the meaning of the past and the present. The future does not yet exist and is for them the most radical dimension because it is conditioned by choices and determines its realization.
What will there be after death? This is the fundamental problem of existence. If the present life is everything; if there is no hope after death, it is clear that all is definitively lost. If the dialog of love with a person ends forever, then love is no longer the fulcrum of life; everything seems to have a radical unconsciousness.
The problem posed by the Sadducees was not a marginal question. They asked Jesus what does it mean for humans to be in the world. The response is categorical; every solution would be precarious and continually denied if God did not truly love the world. His love for us would be an illusion if it were lacking at the moment of our salvation. He would not be able to call Himself the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of all the others that preceded them, if this were nothing more than an empty name.
God is a God for living human beings. He is the security of our life today. From this certainty is born life and peace; and this certainty means that only those who live for God, truly live. God invites all of us to His paternal home because He loves us and has promised us an eternal consolation and a happy hope.
Lord, God of the living, help us to await eternal life in the responsibility of transforming this world as witnesses of Your resurrection. God of the living, of those who are truly alive today, teach us to build a culture of life to better humanity.
The voice of Pope Francis
Every disciple of Christ is called to become a witness to His resurrection, above all in those human environments where forgetfulness of God is strongest and human confusion as well. In order for this to happen, we must remain in the risen Christ and in His love. Our relationship with the Risen Jesus is the atmosphere in which the Christian lives and in which they find the strength to remain faithful to the Gospel even in the midst of obstacles and incomprehension.