Live For the Life Eternal

Mark 12:18-27
2 Tim 1:1-3,6-12 / Ps 123

When they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like angels in heaven.
(Mark 12:25)

Live as if you’ll die tomorrow,
From the Grim Reaper, no one’s spared;
Our life is but time we borrow,
For its accounting be prepared.

Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children. The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third. In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too. At the resurrection, whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?” Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!” (Mark 12:18-27)

Reflection

The greatest irony of life is that when we die, it is when we really begin to live. Only those who live for this life alone will death surely come at the end of their lives.

Life on earth is such a short sojourn one wonders why many do not look beyond it. They live life fast and full – to the hilt – all for their own comfort and pleasure, and in the process, run their life to the ground (or under it). It was sad to read about a starlet – a bold star, actually – whose young life of 23 years was suddenly cut short in a motor accident while on the way to another shooting. Then there was the rising entrepreneur who owned several gold mine tunnels in Davao del Norte, and a string of other businesses here in Davao, who was gunned down by the henchmen of his rivals inside a cockpit one Sunday. (It would have been a different story if he had decided to go to church with his family that morning.)

Jesus said, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his life?” (Mark 8:36). Our Lord was certainly not talking about life here on earth. How foolish indeed many people are in amassing material possessions and building monuments for themselves in this temporal existence, when the more important and vital pursuit should be investing in the life eternal where we will finally be resurrected IF we are faithful to God’s Word. However rich or famous you are, who will remember you after you’re gone five years from now? Or as St. James wrote, “You do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14).

Let me live this life in total service to You, Lord, and to your Word, so that when I finally come into your presence, I may be worthy to receive Your reward. Amen.

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