The Great Promise

Nov 12, 2019

Meditation with Fr. Frank

On November 10th, we celebrated Sunday 32 in Ordinary Time –Year C

The Resurrection was the focal point of our Readings (2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14; Psalm 17; 2 Thessalonians; Luke 20:27-38), for two reasons:

First, Resurrection announces new beginning.  In two weeks, on December 1st, we shall welcome the new Liturgical Year with the celebration of the First Sunday of Advent. So, the stage is being set.

Second, and most importantly, Resurrection announces the biggest prize God has prepared for all who love and serve Him, all who have placed their faith and hope in Him. It is the prize of Heaven - Eternal Happiness - Everlasting Life.

The story of the Seven brave brothers and their mother in the Book of the Maccabees, who courageously endured the agonizing death for the sake of Eternal Life, is a testament that Heaven is worthy of every sacrifice, even giving up our lives.

The Maccabees by Polish artist Wojciech Stattler

This is the very reason Jesus in the Gospel Reading called out the materialistic Sadducees who denied the resurrection, and is calling us as well to detach ourselves from the false comforts of this present life, and instead aspire for what will endure forever - Heaven.

Yes, we will face every trial and difficulty, just as the Maccabees did, but as long as we keep the faith and do not give up hope, Heaven, will someday be our homeland. This is why Jesus came to us, to show us the way. “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10). Jesus said: “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places… If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be….I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14: 1-6).  And, Saint John, teaches: “Beloved, we are God’s children now: what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2-3). Saint Paul assures us that: “Our citizenship is in Heaven, and from it we also await a Savior, the Lord, Jesus Christ. He will transform our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body.” (Philippians 3: 20-21).

Antonio Ciseri's Martyrdom of the Seven Maccabees (1863), depicting the woman with her dead sons.

The take away is that: let us strive to live each day of our lives, with Heaven as our GOAL. AMEN.

Peace be with you!

Fr. Frank

Comments

  • JoAnnPosted on 11/13/19

    Take this to heart and have faith in our God.