When the Sadducees tried to trick Jesus with a question about afterlife, Jesus simply states that life after death is much greater than just caring on life through descendants. It’s about our relationship with God…..the God of the living. It includes those who have gone before us and those here on earth. How often do our relationships with those around us really reflect our belief in the resurrection? Often we focus on the here and now and not on what makes us witnesses of Light. Can we like the seven brothers in the first reading focus on what life will be, rather than on what is - especially facing difficult situations?
St. Paul reminds us, that we must keep and spread our faith by our lifestyle. In this way we are daughters and sons of a living God and that “God our Father loves us and gives us everlasting encouragement and good hope through grace, so we are to encourage our hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word.”
This week let your faith be a source of courage and hope to others, especially those who are faced with loneliness and pain.
Sister Rose Marie O’Barski