Cycle C

Good News C50

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

 Luke 20:27-38 New American Bible

Luke 20:27-38 New International Version Bible Gateway

           

                   

          A phrase used in wedding ceremonies is “until death do us part.” The marriage ends when one of the two married people dies on earth. Death of the body of a married person, ends the marriage. If you marry and your first husband dies, then you can marry again.  If the second man dies, then you can marry a third time.  If you and the third husband, die at the same time, which husband will you be married to when you get to heaven?  That is the question in today’s Gospel. 

Your body will die one day, but your soul will never die. Your soul will live forever. At your death, you will have a resurrection. Your soul will rise to heaven at your death, unless you choose another destination.  No one in heaven dies.  All souls in heaven have life everlasting.  All souls at the other destination have life everlasting, too.  However, they will not see God at all.  Not even once, will they see him in his glory.  I know you will choose Heaven…the greatest destination.

Jesus says that no one is married in heaven. You will not need a spouse in heaven. In Genesis, God gave Adam a helpmate. Eve kept him company while he was on earth.  When you get to heaven, you will not need a helpmate.  God will keep you company. You will be able to see him all the time. When you get to Heaven, you will be very happy because you will be able to see God face to face.  You will praise, honor, and give glory to him. All mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, and strangers will rejoice with you because you are with your eternal Father.

God is with you on earth, but you cannot see him. He works through other people to show you his love, forgiveness, and compassion. Through the goodness of other human beings, you can witness God’s love for you.  Next time someone helps you, look into his or her eyes.  There, you will see the reflection of the goodness of the Lord. After you have helped another person, look in the mirror.  There you will see in yourself the qualities that God shares with you…love, fun, helpfulness, joy, thankfulness, knowledge, wisdom, and forgiveness.      

Say the “Our Father” and ask God to give you wisdom to make good choices in your life – so that all of your choices on earth lead you to see God face to face in heaven at the end of your days on earth.  Thank God for your friends who share with you.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

                                                                                           

 

 

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