SATURDAY OF THE THIRTY-THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Revelation 11:4-12


These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes; anyone who wants to harm them must be killed in this manner. They have authority to shut the sky, so that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have authority over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire.

When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that is prophetically called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days members of the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb; and the inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and celebrate and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to the inhabitants of the earth.

But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and those who saw them were terrified. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up to heaven in a cloud while their enemies watched them.

Psalm 144: 1-2, 9-10


Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;

my rock and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues the peoples under me.

I will sing a new song to you, O God;

upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,

the one who gives victory to kings,

who rescues his servant David.

Luke 20:27-40


Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.”

Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.” Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” For they no longer dared to ask him another question.

(NRSVCE)

Meditation


Today’s scriptures speak of the resurrection of the dead. In the gospel message, we know that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. By rising, he permanently destroyed death and conquered sin. He did not conquer sin and death for himself, though. He conquered it for us. He conquered it so that his people might also be raised from the dead. He conquered sin and death so that you and I might live forever with him in eternity.


In Revelation, we read about the two prophets who are slain and after laying in the streets for three and a half days are brought back to life by the breath of God and brought up to heaven. Then, in the gospel, Jesus teaches how the children of God are children of the resurrection and are not bound by the conventions and the concerns of the present age. In the life to come, the constraints and conventions of their earthly living no longer apply to them.


Today’s scriptures remind us that the things of this world, from marriage, even to death, are not as important as the life to come. Even if you should be killed, it would not matter, as long as you accept salvation through Jesus Christ. No matter what kind of trial or persecution we face in this life, including death, we know we have the final victory through Jesus Christ.


What are the things in your life that are distracting you from God or directing your focus away from the things of the eternal? Bring them to God today and pray for the grace and strength to be detached from this present age and live for the life to come with God in heaven forever.

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