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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Meditations on the Seven “I am” Sayings of Jesus

This morning while reading the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament, I came across the Seven “I am” Sayings of Jesus. After reading them, I felt compelled to write a short meditation for each one.

1. “I am the bread of life” John 6:35

Lord Jesus, may we share your bread with the hunger in spirit

2. “I am the light of the world” John 8:12

Lord Jesus, may our lives be beacons to those in the darkness

3. “I am the door of the sheep” John 10:7

Lord Jesus, may we walk through it when we expire

4. “I am the good shepherd” John 10:11

Lord Jesus, may we always be under your protection

5. “I am the resurrection and the life” John 11:25

Lord Jesus, may your victory over death be the foundation of our faith

6. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” John 14:6

Lord Jesus, may our words, thoughts, and actions bind us to yours

7. “I am the true vine” John 15:1

Lord Jesus, may our branches never wither

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My Strength

“I can do all things in him who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13

I draw resilience from this verse when I feel lonely or gloomy, especially during troubled times. I make an effort to be alert when my humanity wants to distract me from the truth: that we are never alone; along the way, in every situation, God is with us.

When I place my faith in God, not in people, I am never weak; I am a child of light.

May you have a blessed day.

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Holy Monday

“I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.” ~ Isaiah 42: 6-7

God as we celebrate this Holy Monday send your Holy Spirit to give us fortitude to share your light with others, especially the poor and the afflicted.  Let our thoughts, words, and actions be instruments of healing. Jesus Christ’s love was meant to be shared. It is only when we can share it with those imprisoned by hopelessness, misfortune, and pain that we bring about freedom to ourselves and to others.