YEAR II: HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME.
THEME: God of the Living.
BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa
There are so many speculations and opinions about what happens after death. Some Sadducees narrated the story of a woman who married seven brothers serially and afterward she died also. They asked: “In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will she be?” (Luke 20:33). They believed physical death is the end of life. Jesus enlightened them by saying, in the next life there is no marriage because the dead are like angels who do not need offspring. To show that life continues after death, Jesus mentions where Moses calls the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. He adds, “Now, he is not God of the dead, but God of the living; for all live to him” (Luke 20:38). This is to say that those who had a relationship with God on earth will continue to have a relationship with him in the life hereafter.
Jesus declares: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die” (John 11:25-26). Belief in the resurrection is core to the Christian faith and that is why the Apostle makes it clear: “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14). How strong is our faith in the resurrection?