Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 16, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27-31a
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Do Not Weep!
Jesus is touched with pity and raises the husband of the widow of Nain. But first He admonishes her—do not weep.
Jesus may or may not bring our loved ones back from the brink of death; however it may be, we should remember that He told us not to weep. Given that He Himself wept at the tomb of Lazurus, I don't think the admonition is against the sorrow at our temporary loss, but against despair. That was a sacramental act—an act within the lifetime of a human being that pulled back the curtain from what happens in the time beyond.
Through His power, Jesus was showing us that we are not to weep because we will all be returned to life. There will be judgment, of course. However, His love for us saves us and brings us into harmony with God.
Do not despair; those who are gone, who lived with Him in love and peace, we shall see again. By God's grace, we shall all arise and be reunited with those we have loved. We do not ever lose them, and even in death, as we live, they live with us. Some are blessed to have them praying for us in heaven. For others, there may be time in purgatory, but we have means to help them out so that they can join God and pray for us.
All of those we have loved, and those who came before us in a long line back to the beginning of the human race are present before God and add their prayers to our own. In this sense our death is a transition to the triumph of prayer before the throne of God—prayers that allow us to spend our eternity doing good on Earth.
Do not weep! We are all restored in God's love to continue loving and being and helping those who are, for the moment left behind.
- JuandelaCruz |
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Cornelius, pope and martyr
Saint Cyprian, bishop and martyr
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