THE REALITY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD - LIFE AFTER DEATH – SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION (6 November, 2016)

1st READING (Maccabees 7: 1-2, 9-14)

Theme: The King of the universe will raise its up to an everlasting renewal of life.

2nd READING (2 Thessalonians 2: 16-3: 5)

Theme: May the Lord establish you in every good work and word.

GOSPEL (Luke 20: 27-38)


Theme: He is not God of the dead, but of the living.

The reality of life after death

REFLECTION ON TODAY'S READING – LIFE AFTER DEATH; A REALITY

Today’s first reading assures you of the reality of Resurrection – Life after Death.
Second reading tells of God’s assistance in every good works you do.
The gospel refers God as God of the living and not of the dead.
The gospel and the first reading have a similar – about the reality of the resurrection of the body or the dead.
The first reading tells us the story of the seven brothers and their mother who were arrested and tortured by the king for refusing to defile themselves by eating the unlawful swine’s flesh. These seven young men and their mother stood by their faith even when threatened with death because they know and strongly believed in the resurrection of the dead. And also that what the king is able to destroy was only their flesh, but can never touch their spirit.
The statement made by the first son was very encouraging. He boldly said to the king,
“What do you intend to ask and hear from us? For we are ready to die rather than transgress the laws of our fathers.”
The second son also boldly said to the king before he breathed his last,
“You accursed wretch, you dismiss us from this present life but the king of the universe will raise us up to an everlasting renewal of life, because we died for his laws.”

HOW DO YOU REACT WHEN YOUR FAITH IS TESTED?
DO YOU STAND BY YOUR FAITH?
IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN THE TRIBULATIONS FACED BY THESE YOUNG MEN, WILL YOU DENOUNCE YOU FAITH?
The gospel tries to explain to you, the nature of life after death. The Sadducees (those who don’t believe in life after death - resurrection) were bothered with worldly things which do not exist in the world to come. Jesus’ response to the question asked by the Sadducees was a confirmation. He answered them,
“The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage; but those accounted worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor given in marriage, for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.”

HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR THE RESURRECTION DAY?
WILL YOU RESURRECT UNTO LIFE OR UNTO ETERNAL CONDEMNATION?
DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD?

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