Lenten Reflection Day 38: John 6:63

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“The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” (John 6:63)

Reflection

From Scriptures flow Redemption, for from them flow spirit and life. Spirit because the Divine inspired them, spoke them, fulfilled them. Life because through them and in them Resurrection has come to us.

Today’s Intention

O Lord, your words are spirit and life. May they bless our Lenten journey and beyond.

Peace and Goodness

Beatitude #3 – Blessed are the meek

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Mark 5:5)

Let’s be humble in our hearts; for it is through the humble that God speaks and reveals his power. Let’s be like Moses for he “was very humble, more than anyone else on earth.” (Numbers 12:3)

Let’s be humble when we pray; always asking for forgiveness first. Let’s be like the tax collector who asked God to “be merciful to me a sinner.” (Luke 18:13)

Let’s be humble in charity, especially to those in need. Let’s be like Jesus who said: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.” (Matthew 11:29)

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Beatitude #1 – Blessed are the poor in spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mathew 5:3)

Let’s pray for our heart to yearn the divine; to detach itself from the false security worldly goods provide.

Let’s pray for the poor; may God provide them consolation and inspire us to have compassion for them; may we learn from the poor’s faith and resolve.

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The Question about Man’s Resurrection

“At the resurrection when they arise whose wife will she be? For all seven had been married to her.”

In yesterday’s Gospel (Mark 12:13-17) the Pharisees tried to entrap Jesus by asking him his opinion about paying taxes. In today’s Gospel (Mark 12:18-27), the Sadducees try their luck by coming to Jesus to disprove the resurrection. Again, Jesus proves to be wiser than his enemies by saying,”For when they rise from dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.” Life as we know it will be no more; thus our humanity will be transformed in divine terms.

Jesus goes on to correct the statement “the dead being raised” by explaining that his Father “is not God of the dead, but of the living”. As children of God, we are always alive; we are the light of the world.

Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is his gift to humanity so we can become like angels after we expire; to leave our humanity behind and become ever living children of God.  It is God’s mercy toward us. Let’s rejoice.

“No follower of mine wanders in the dark; he shall have the light of life” ~ (John 8:12)

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