Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time (I) (23rd November, 2019) on the Gospel
(B.V.M. on Saturday, Opt. Mem.)
Ps 9:2-18.104.22.168. (R. cf.v.16);
Topic: Rising from the dead.
The Sadducees who say there is no resurrection asked Jesus whose wife a woman who was married in turns according to Moses’ law to seven brothers will be on the day of resurrection. Jesus told them that marriage is for those who belong to this age. Because,
...those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angles and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.
The issue of rising from the dead is a common belief especially among Christians. But to what extent we are aware that whoever wants to rise into everlasting life must prepare for it is a thing of worry. The lives many of us live contradict what we say loudly that we believe in, cf. Phil 3:18. Rising from the dead into everlasting life starts now by rising from sin. Whoever refuses to rise from sin will end up into shame and everlasting contempt, cf. Dan 12:2. In the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, those who do not make everlasting life shall “be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched” (Mk 9:48).
Bible Reading: Phil 3:12–4:1; Mk 9:42-50.
Thought for today: We shall all rise.
Let us pray: God, give us the grace that will enable us rise to life everlasting – Amen.
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