This Sunday’s Gospel tells us about the resurrection and about our rebirth into the new spiritual life when we leave this world.
The answers were given because the Sadducees were questioning Jesus. Some of their beliefs were:
- There is no fate.
- God does not commit evil.
- Man has free will; “man has the free choice of good or evil”.
- The soul is not immortal; there is no afterlife.
- There are no rewards or penalties after death.
Thought the sect does not exist anymore, in today’s world, these beliefs actually look familiar. Just look around and ask your friends and colleagues – how many of them truly believe in the resurrection and the afterlife?
In fact, for most folks, the idea of God is fading – “if he exists, why is there so much suffering in this world?”, they ask. Spiritual warfare is non-sense. And ghosts and goblins are happily celebrated at halloween as a children’s festival.
So its a truly apt reminder for myself today, as I celebrate another birthday, and stick an extra candle into my cake of life. Especially after the events of the past months, I praise God in gratitude :
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of the saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.