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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
Homilies/Reflections

I am the God of the living
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

1 Macc. 6:1-13, Lk. 20:27-40. Today's first reading narrates how Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the king of the Seleucid Greek Empire realise that death is imminent for him and he does not face it with joyful anticipation because of what he had done to the Jews. Near the end of his reign, he reviews his his misdeed and was punished for his sins, pride and greed. His lack of respect for the Lord and actions brought about the calamities that befell him. He was held accountable for his actions and missed the ultimate purpose of life, which is, to share and reflect the life of God, the Giver of life. Thus, the Psalmist rejoice in God who brought him close to achieving his purpose in life and describes the hope of those who trust in the God of the living. In today's Gospel, Jesus uses the question of the Sadducees to reinforce the teaching on the resurrection of the dead and God being the God of the living.

The Sadducees, who did not believe in any hope of life beyond our earthly existence, present a scenario to Jesus which seeks to make belief in life after death look ridiculous. It is obvious they understand that Jesus teaches the reality of life after death. Their challenge was based on the presumption that any life after death would simply be a continuation of our physical, earthly life. In His repl, Jesus challenges this presumption and declares that those who belong to the world of resurrection beyond this earthly life no longer die, but live with a life that is eternal. Therefore, there is no need for procreation or for marriage where procreation occurs.     

May the Lord give us courage when things go wrong and strengthen us with faith in Him, hope in His resurrection and with love of His will! Amen!! Good morning and happy weekend!!!

 
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