Reflections - November 6, 2016

“And He is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” Lk. 20:38.

 

This week’s Gospel presents us with some concepts that were held before the coming of Christ in the Old Testament about the central reality of human beings.  What exists after death?

 

In the religious context of the people of Israel man was seen as one unit.  It is the same person that suffers death and corrupts in the tomb.

 

This concept transforms as the revelation of God’s plan is manifested through His Word, for example in Psalm 23, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come”.  This Psalm invites us to trust in the power of the Lord beyond death.

 

Subsequently before the coming of Christ, we find the Prophet Daniel with words of comfort about the resurrection saying:  “I saw One like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven…He received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of every language serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.”  Dn. 7:13-14.  He also tells us:  “At that time there shall arise Michael, guardian of your people…..Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace”.  Dn. 12:1.

 

In this Sunday’s Second reading we find these words of comfort in the Book of the Maccabees:  “You are depriving us of this present life, but the King of the world will raise us up to live again forever.  It is for his laws that we are dying.”  2 Mc. 7:9.

 

In the context in which Jesus lived there were two schools of thought.  The Sadducees denied the resurrection of the dead and the Pharisees believed in the resurrection.  Jesus clears it up by saying:  “God is not a God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive”.

 

Jesus knows the mysteries of God.  That is why He fills us with light of the truth.  “No one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”  Mt. 11:27.

 

Jesus with His resurrection taught us that “death is not the end of the road, but the beginning of a new life”.  “We have to be born again from water and from the Holy Spirit”.  The resurrection is the manifestation of our new creation.  “I saw a new heaven and a new earth.  God’s dwelling is with the human race”.  Rv. 21:1, 3.  “Blessed are they who wash their robes so as to have the right to the tree of life and enter the city through its gates.”  Rv. 22:14.

 

When you receive communion give thanks to the Lord for the hope of knowing that He is waiting to intercede for us to share in the eternal happiness of God’s life.  Recall:  “God is not a God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive”.