Homily for Friday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle I
Theme: GOD OF THE LIVING
By: Fr. Gerald M. Musa
Homily for Saturday November 20 2021
There is so much confusion about what happens after death. Some Sadducees narrated the story of a woman who married seven brothers serially and afterward she died also. They asked: “In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will she be?” They believed physical death is the end of life. Jesus enlightened them by saying, in the next life there is no marriage because the dead are like angels who do not need offspring. To show that life continues after death, Jesus mentions where Moses calls the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. He adds, “Now, he is not God of the dead, but God of the living; for all live to him.” This is to say that those who had a relationship with God on earth will continue to have a relationship with him in the life hereafter. In as much as life is a gift forever (for every human creature), a renewed and transformed life (resurrection) await believers. Jesus declares: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die” (John 11:25-26). Belief in the resurrection is core to the Christian faith and that is why the Apostle makes it clear: “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14). How strong is our faith in the resurrection?
Luke 20:27-40; Saturday, 33rd Week