Audio Readings September 19, 2014 24th Week in Ordinary Time

1 Corinthians 15:12-20;Psalm 17:1, 6-8, 15; Luke 8:1-3

Saint Januarius, Bishop and Martyr

Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:20)

A well-known pastor once delivered a sermon on death. He began with a story about Edgar Bergen, a famous ventriloquist. Bergen was at a train station one day when he spotted a coffin that some porters had laid down near the platform. He went over to the coffin, leaned over it, and asked, “Is everything all right in there?” As the porters watched, a voice seemed to come from inside, saying, “Let me out of here!” The porters ran off, scared stiff. The pastor finished the story by asking his congregation, “How will you escape from your coffin?”

At least some of the Corinthians that Paul was speaking to were not sure how to answer that question. Although they acknowledged that Christ had risen, they didn’t believe in bodily resurrection for everyone else. They may have believed that because of sin, their bodies couldn’t make it to heaven. Only their souls would rise. That idea didn’t bother them, but Paul couldn’t let this mistake go unanswered.

Why was it so important? Because the teaching about a bodily resurrection gets down to our identity in Christ. If the only part of us that matters is spiritual, then Jesus’ incarnation was meaningless, and his resurrection in a glorified body was unnecessary. A human person is both flesh and spirit. We are whole only when we are made whole in Christ, body and soul. We are not ghosts in boxes. Our laughter, our sight, our hearing, our sense of touch, our movements are all meant to be taken up into Christ, who came “to reconcile all things” to himself (Colossians 1:20).

As you reflect on this truth, think of the totality of God’s love for you. He didn’t come just to forgive your sins, incredibly generous though this gift is. He came to bring you to a new life with him. All of you! He wants to glorify you, spirit, soul, and body. He wants to transform you from the inside out. So glorify the Lord for this awesome truth. Spend some time praising the God who loves you more than you could ever conceive—the One who has defeated death itself!

“Lord, thank you for the gift of my body. May I always treat it with the respect and dignity it deserves.”~WAU

 

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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