32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Sadducees of Jesus’ day denied the possibility of resurrection, whereas the tortured death of the seven Maccabee brothers and their mother (1st reading) in contrast, proclaimed a strong and growing belief in a new and better life continuing after death with God. The resurrection of Jesus himself and his ascension to the right hand of the Father has engraved this belief into the cornerstone of the Christian faith. As proof for resurrection and afterlife, Jesus quotes the prayer of Moses when he calls God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and states clearly that God is not God of the dead but of the living, for to God, all are alive.
Jesus never defined what the afterlife is, rather he preached about human life NOW, in the present, and taught that the quality of life after death is directly related to the quality and goodness of our life on earth. The more we love God and our neighbor now in earthly life, all the more soul-satisfying will be the awesome face-to-face encounter we have with the living Triune God of Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit that first moment after death. This mystical face-to-face encounter with the living God will both illuminate our sins and failings, as well as the love and goodness we’ve shown to family, friends and neighbors, and will constitute the self judgment we pronounce on ourselves, before the mercy of God envelops us.
Our growing appreciation and celebration of the sacraments of the church, especially the Eucharist, will help us better understand that our resurrected life with God has already begun and will continue for eternity.
Please reflect on this great mystery today.
Let Us Pray:
Grant to us, O Lord, when our earthly pilgrimage is done, that we may come to an eternal dwelling place and live with you forever, and there, in communion with the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, the apostles, martyrs and all the saints, we shall praise and exalt you through Jesus Christ, your Son.(Eucharistic Prayer for various needs)
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)