Father Edward McIlmail, LC
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 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."
Introductory Prayer:Lord, I
come before you humbly. As one who has frequently
fallen into sin, I am aware of my weakness. Your
great love, though, assures me that your grace can
keep me on the path to holiness.
me imitate you better in my dealings with my loved
1. If We Only Understood the Power of God: We
can be like the Sadducees. It´s not that we
deny the resurrection of the dead. But we can
live as if we don´t believe in the power of
God. A rash of bad news can leave us
on the verge of despair. We might ask: What´s the
use? Evil seems to be winning on all sides.
Families are breaking down. Pornography is rife. Materialism is
rampant. Yet, the Almighty remains in charge. "Evil does not
have the last word in the world," said Pope
Emeritus Benedict XVI on Dec. 22, 2005. We Christians are
called to be witnesses to hope and joy. Does
our life radiate joy? If not, why not?
2. Reading the
Scriptures: The study of Scripture is, as it were,
the "soul of sacred theology," says Vatican II (see
Dei Verbum, 24). Our Lord, in effect, tells the Sadducees:
"Because you don´t know Scripture, you don´t know me.
You don´t know what I´m about ― my message
of mercy, my call to repentance, my invitation to
seek out the lost sheep." So many of Christ´s supposed
followers spend their time criticizing the Church, the hierarchy,
the parish and the school. They forget that Christ
calls them to build up, not to tear down.
If only they knew him better in Scripture. Where do
I spend most of my energy day by day?
Building up the Church and the community? Or nitpicking at
the faults of its members?
3. Like the Angels in
Heaven: Marriage is beautiful. It is a sacrament ―
and an icon, so to speak, of the inner life
of the Trinity. But it can bring only a
relative happiness, at best. Its more transcendent goal is
to lead spouses to heaven. In this world, expecting too
much of a spouse (or anyone, for that matter)
courts disappointment. Humans have weaknesses. Yet, they have their
greatness, too. Could not that spouse, that family member,
that colleague, be saints despite their flaws? Do we see
those around us as potential saints? Do we encourage
them in their path?
Conversation with Christ: Lord, help me
see the greatness in people, their good qualities and
their potential to be apostles. Let me see, too, how
I can help them along the path to holiness.
Resolution:Today I will compliment someone on a genuine virtue