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Sunday, November 6, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 20:27-38



Photo Courtesy of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church's bulletin

*SUNDAY GOSPEL 
Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, 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, but died childless.  Then the second and the third married her, and likewise al the seven died childless.  Finally the woman also died.  Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be?  For all seven had been married to her.” 

Jesus said to them,  “The children of this age marry and remarry, but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.  They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise.  That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called out ‘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.”



GOD OF THE LIVING

Many years ago  when my son was still small, I had an experience when God asked me this question,  “Are you going to give up already?”  I went to a church after having a terrible argument with my ex-husband.  I drove my car and went to the nearest church I could find.    I almost passed that church already when I suddenly thought of stepping the brake and turned my car around.  There was a mass that already ended and I just took a chance of praying for a while.  The environment in the church was noisy because the people were leaving the church, but I disregarded that.  I knelt down and prayed, desperately crying out to God for the first time about my ex-husband’s attitude and behavior.  For so many years of my life living with him, I never cried out to God about my inner hurts.  All those years of struggles I tried to have a good family and maintain the harmony.   In that moment of desperately crying out to God with my head down, crying like a child,  I was really surprised that I heard a clear voice of a man for the first time and asked me in my own native language, “Suko ka na ba?” (Translation - “Are you considering giving up already?”)  After hearing that clear voice of a man,  I raised my head and realized that I was kneeling in front of the image of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  I looked around to see if there was another person beside me praying, but there was none!!!  

I still believe that God spoke to me and He is the REAL GOD OF THE LIVING.  He spoke to one of my sons-in-law, too, when he was praying in the adoration chapel and He said to my son-in-law, “Talk to the mother.  She has been praying to me.”  My God was  referring to me because my son-in-law told me about it, even when I was still in the USA and he is in our native country. 

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" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a

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