Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Reflection for Wednesday June 7, Ninth Week in Ordinary Time: Mark 12:18-27

Gospel: Mark 12:18-27
Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and put this question to him, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If someone’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first married a woman and died, leaving no descendants. So the second brother married her and died, leaving no descendants, and the third likewise. And the seven left no descendants. Last of all the woman also died. At the resurrection when they arise whose wife will she be? For all seven had been married to her.” Jesus said to them, “Are you not misled because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? When they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels in heaven. As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not God of the dead but of the living. You are greatly misled.”
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Reflection:
Are you afraid to die?

A sick man was given by his doctor two more months to live. After hearing the judgment of his doctor the man kneeled before God and beg Him to indefinitely extend his life. Why are we afraid to die? Because we have strong attachment to this world and we don’t know also what awaits us after we die. 

When Jesus was asked by the Sadducees whose wife would the woman be in the after life. Jesus told them that she will not belong to anyone of them because life in heaven is totally different from our present life.

There is an afterlife and there is heaven as Jesus tells us in the gospel.  So while we are actively journeying with our present life. We must always see to it that we live our lives according to the will of God. Not according to our own sinful will but according to the will of God.

Why? This is for the reason that we want to go to heaven when our time in this world is over and done with already. Let us not be blinded by the glitters of this world for all that we have here no matter how expensive we will leave behind at some point in our lives.

Let us look forward to heaven for this is where all of us are intended to be someday. – Marino J. Dasmarinas    

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