Risen Life

“The King of the world will raise us up to live again forever.”—2 Maccabees 7:9

Both Sunday’s first reading and the Gospel deal with life after death. Both show that we humans have no idea of what risen life will be like. In today’s Gospel, the Sadducees demonstrate this by their misguided assumptions. They were “badly misled” and failed “to understand the Scriptures or the power of God” (Mk 12:24).

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is an historical fact. It is not merely an idea. Throughout the centuries after Jesus rose from the dead, people have given their lives in martyrdom to defend the truth of Jesus’ Resurrection. Numerous martyrs “were tortured and would not receive deliverance, in order to obtain a better resurrection” (Heb 11:35).

The key to life is to have an encounter with the risen Jesus. After we have met the risen Christ, we become “a new creation. The old order has passed away; now all is new” (2 Cor 5:17). Even in this earthly life, our lifestyle changes completely as we see everything through the perspective of the kingdom of God rather than with the eyes of the world (see Mt 6:19-34).

Since Jesus has risen, we who are baptized into Christ can share even now in this risen life (Col 1:10-13). Our life is hidden in Christ (Col 3:3). We are citizens of heaven (Phil 3:20) while living on this earth. Accept the risen Jesus as your Lord.

PRAYER: Father, may I be far more confident in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ than I am in such earthly principles as the law of gravity.

PROMISE: “The Lord keeps faith; He it is Who will strengthen you and guard you against the evil one.” —2 Thes 3:3

PRAISE: “If we have been united with Him through likeness to His death, so shall we be through a like resurrection” (Rm 6:5). Praise You, risen Jesus!

(From a reflection by a member of the editorial team of the late Fr Al Lauer’s Presentation Ministries) For the full Readings please go to: https:thewordonsunday.blogspot.com or visit our Facebook page / The Word on Sunday

John Portelli

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