Hope in the Resurrection

Luke 20: 27-40
1 Mc 6:1-13 / Ps 9:2-4,6,16,19

God is the God of the living and not of the dead, and for Him all are alive.

No one on earth can give direction
The way that Jesus Christ has given;
Our belief in the Resurrection
Will assure our passage to heaven.

Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and asked Him a question, ‘Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but 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 any more, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.’ Then some of the scribes answered, ‘Teacher, you have spoken well.’ For they no longer dared to ask him another question. (Luke 20: 27-40)


On the question about the resurrection in today’s Gospel reading, I am reminded of the homily by a young MSP priest in our parish, who gave a very lucid explanation about the vow of celibacy in Holy Orders, and why Catholic priests, and all martyrs and saints represent the kingdom of God. He explained that like the angels and souls in heaven, priests and nuns do not marry, as they all mirror the purity and blessedness of God. It also gives emphasis to the divine plan that the sole purpose of marriage is the procreation of children, and the propagation of life here on earth. And then, with a touch of humor, he added in the vernacular, “E kung may mag-aasawa pa rin sa langit, aba, luging-lugi na kami nyan!” This brought the whole congregation in stitches.

Hope and its fruits of joy and peace do not come from this world. Like faith, it is a gift freely given by God to those who are deserving. It cannot be given to one whose heart is bothered by sin, because one is a kin of love, and the other of hate. A sinner must first be freed from his bondage through the sacrament of Penance – asking the Lord for the forgiveness of his sins, and in turn forgiving his enemies before he can expect to receive the gift of hope. It might take a little time to acquire it. One has to have patience and perseverance. But it’s certainly worth the wait — what joy it is to possess the hope in our Lord Jesus Christ and the resurrection!

Father in heaven, thank You for giving us Jesus, Your beloved Son. Because of Him, everything has life. His resurrection from the dead has given us the hope of eternal life. We thank You also for the gift of Faith, without which we would have fallen into despair. Though You remain a great Mystery to us, Your gift of Faith is more than knowledge, and though we do not see clearly now, we believe that one day Your great mystery will be revealed to us. This is our fervent hope. Amen.

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