Our eternal destiny

By Fr. Dan De Los Angeles June 06,2018
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Our eternal destiny

By Fr. Dan De Los Angeles June 06,2018
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June 06, 2018 Wednesday 9th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: 2Tim 1:3-6; 6-12Gospel: Mark 12:18-27

The Sadducees came to Jesus. Since they claim that there is no resurrection, they questioned him in this way, “Master, in the Scriptures Moses gave us this law: ‘If anyone dies and leaves a wife but no children, his brother must take the wife and give her a child who will be considered the child of his deceased brother.’ Now, there were seven brothers. The first married a wife, but he died without leaving any children. The second took the wife and he, too, died leaving no children. The same thing happened to the third. Finally the seven died leaving no children. Last of all the woman died. Now, in the resurrection, to which of them will she be wife? For the seven had her as wife.”

Jesus replied, “You could be wrong in this regard because you understand neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. When they rise from the dead, men and women do not marry but are like the angels in heaven.
“Now, about the resurrection of the dead, have you never reflected on the chapter of the burning bush in the book of Moses? God said to him: I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Now, he is the God, not of the dead but of the living. You are totally wrong.

(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)

Since God is the author of life and the conqueror of death, resurrection of the dead is central to our belief. Resurrection is different from resuscitation. The latter refers to the restoration of a dead person to the conditions of the present life, such as what happened to Lazarus. In the Gospel according to John we read that Jesus raised Lazarus back to life. But he died again sometime later. Resurrection, on the other hand, is the conferment upon the dead person of new and permanent form of life. While resuscitation thrills us, it is the resurrection that we look forward to.  

Resurrection is not a return to the original conditions of earthly life but a transition to life in the Spirit. Because only Jesus can give us this kind of life, faith in him is necessary. “The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him…” (2 Tim 2:11). Jesus couldn’t have been more explicit. He said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die” (John 11:25).

Believing in Jesus is not mere intellectual assent but conviction of mind and persuasion of heart that leads one to commit to a life expected of people whose God is the God of the living.– (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.

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