Saturday, August 8, 2020

Propter modicam fidem (Mt. 17:20)


Do you believe in the resurrection of the body? Do you believe in eternal life? I am sure that we can say certainly “ Yes, we do believe” because each time we celebrate the Holy Eucharist, we renew our faith and trust. And every time we say I believe in God, we renew our faith in the resurrection of the body and eternal life. Let's meditate once again on the resurrection of the body and eternal life so that we can be more sure about what we say and what we believe.

Firstly, every human being is equal in attaining eternal life. We all are children of God; we all are God’s family. God invites and gathers all people for His banquet. Every person is sitting and eating at the same table. However, in this world, we often face unequal relationships and injustice. Therefore, as we are God’s children and one family, God invites us to respect each other, help each other, and be solidary.

Secondly, our God is a faithful God. He guided Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who were living in other time and situation and finally gave Jesus, His only Son, so that all who believe in the name of Jesus, could have an abundant life. We believe that God has never abandoned us in our journey of faith. His love is eternal and unconditional.

Thirdly, we believe in ever-living God; for Him everyone is alive. God has power over life and death. All who believe in His name will enter eternal life. Jesus, the Son of God, is the first One who rose from death. This is our faith. If Jesus didn’t rise from death, our faith was in vain.

Once more let us think about where we come from and where our aim is. We have come from God and we are aiming to God. We are children of heaven and children of God. The union with Him is the aim of our spiritual journey.

By Fr. Aris Mada, SVD.

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