Meditation for the Day

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 10

Eternal Life, Eternal Peace, Eternal Happiness: What a Most Wondrous and Indescribable Gift from a Father Who Loves Us Beyond All Understanding!

You and I have been blessed with the gift of knowing and believing that our God “…is not God of the dead, but of the living” – words which our Lord gives us in today’s Gospel. And this faith, which we freely embrace, fills our hearts with hope – an enduring hope in something far more wonderful than anything we could ever possibly look forward to in this world and in this life which we live today!

Many years ago, my late wife and I were acquaintances of a young couple who openly professed their lack of faith in an All-Loving God. In addition, they proudly admitted they were atheists and believed in only themselves and the world which directly affected them and the life of their son. The husband would especially scoff at the idea of any afterlife, for he believed that once you were dead, that’s the end of it. He would use some rather crude expressions to express his feelings, and, due to certain sensibilities, I will not repeat them here.

He willingly discarded anything I had to say, and, being friends with them, I felt saddened that they had rejected the gift of faith which our Lord offers to His children. And with their rejection, they had no sense of hope in the life which follows.

What a difference when we read the faith which filled the hearts of the seven brothers and their mother in our First Reading today. Holding true to the Mosaic Law and refusing to surrender their beliefs to the orders of a spiteful and hateful king, they preferred to die knowing that they had not offended God, for they were filled with a trusting and deepening belief in their own resurrection.

And even though their faith was not as developed as the faith we live today, for they lived approximately 150 years before the birth of Christ, they believed that the just were rewarded with eternal life – a belief which filled them with hope, even in the midst of persecution, even in the midst of torture and death!

We find this same hope in many of the Christians throughout the world today who continue to suffer a very real and physical persecution for the faith which they hold dear and refuse to walk away from. Even in the midst of the ongoing violence in the Middle East against Syriac and Coptic Catholics, their faith continues to hold strong, for they have not abandoned their trust in the Mercy of God!

Even today in countries where freedom of religious expression is vocally accepted, there is a growing discrimination and oppression of those who espouse Judeo-Christian moral and ethic values, for our way of thinking and acting runs counter to the secularistic and hedonistic cultures in which we find ourselves living.

We know only too well that evil surrounds us constantly, and that the prince of this world wishes to derail and confuse us from all that we know and hold to be true. Even Paul himself, in our Second Reading, is encouraging his listeners to always remain aware of their surroundings, “But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.”

And it is the gift of faith in Jesus Christ which strengthens us in the midst of the adversities and trials which confront us at different times in our life!

And we are reminded by our Lord in today’s Gospel that our eternal hope and consolation lies in the promises which God has made to us. For it is the gift of eternal life which makes sense out of the crosses we are sometimes asked to bear on this side of Heaven. For we hear our Lord addressing the issue of eternal life, about which the Sadducees, who were members of the powerful priestly class during the time of Christ, did not believe.

Eternal life is that special gift offered by God to each of His children as a deeply profound act of Divine Love and Mercy – a gift which not one of us deserves. And yet, it is a gift freely offered out of His Infinite Love for you and me. We have been given the gift of believing in a faith which professes love and mercy and compassion. We believe in a God who loves us so much, that He gave up His only Son to death on a Cross, so that we, too, might have eternal life, and have it to the fullest!

In a society which has become morally bankrupt, wherein the culture of death – those who advocate pro-choice and euthanasia – continues to spew its poisonous venom around the world, affecting even developing countries and the poorest of the poor, we must sing a praise of thanksgiving to our Most Loving Father in Heaven, for giving us the graces we need to be able to live out this gift of faith with which He has blessed us here and now – with love, mercy, compassion and understanding for all our brothers and sisters in Christ, no matter what their nationality, creed, color or religious persuasion may be.

It is my earnest hope and, I pray, also yours that on that special day known only to God, when our Lord shall call each one of us by name individually from this life, we shall hear Him say to both you and me as He affectionately embraces us, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

Eternal life, eternal peace, eternal happiness – what a most wondrous and indescribable gift from a Father who loves us beyond all understanding! We truly do have a faith which offers us the very best! For the psalmist’s words in today’s Responsorial Antiphon truly become our own, “Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.”

May God bless you, God love you, and may God always keep you.

******************************************************************

Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

******************************************************************

Scripture for the Day

  • “That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called ‘Lord’ the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” (Luke 20:37-38)
  • “But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
  • “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
  • “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b)
  • “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26a)
  • “…God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3d-4)
  • “Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 25:34bc)
  • “[Lord] when I awake, let me be filled with your presence.” (Psalm 17:15b)

******************************************************************

Prayer for the Day

“[O my Jesus],

At the moment of Your death on the Cross,

You bestowed upon us eternal life;

“Allowing Your most holy side to be opened,

You opened an inexhaustible spring of mercy for us,

Giving us Your dearest possession,

The Blood and Water from Your Heart.

“Such is the omnipotence of Your mercy.

From it all grace flows to us.

“Be adored, O God, in the work of Your mercy,

Be blessed by all faithful hearts

On whom Your gaze rests,

In whom dwells Your immortal life.”

Saint Faustina [Diary, 1747-1748]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s