THEME: HOPE in the resurrection!
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
2 Macc. 7:1-2,9-14; 2.Thess.2:16-3:5; Luke 20:27-38
The liturgical year is gradually coming to an end. And today’s readings remind us once again of All Saints and All Souls Day. We’re back to the second book of Maccabees, which record events that happened about 165 BC. Seven brothers are arrested with their mother and tortured just so that they could lose faith in God and their traditions. But they prefer to bear suffering and death rather than lose faith in God and in the power of His resurrection. In the gospel, the Sadducees come to Jesus with a story of a woman who marries all seven brothers. They want to know whose wife she’ll be at the resurrection. Again, Jesus reminds them that the hereafter transcends things like marriage and other earthly traditions.
Friends, St Paul tells us clearly in the second reading that faith is not given to everyone. This is weird, but true. We’ll continue to have Sadducees who can’t wrap their heads around the resurrection. We’ll have wicked Kings and executioners who are intent on making us lose faith in God under the pain of death. But we’re a chosen race, a royal Priesthood; a consecrated nation, a people set apart. We need to live like a people with firm conviction in the power of God to transform our mortal bodies.
Money will rot. Fame and possessions will come to an end. Life as we know it will pass away. But every seed of good we sow today will live forever. Are we ready to die for our faith in God and in the power of His resurrection? Let’s live less for the world and more for God everyday!
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