Jesus Christ, Life to the Full

Challenge: Today do well the things you can and should do. Regarding the things in the future, that you have no control over, entrust them to God’s hands and do not worry about them.
by Father Dominic Pham, LC | Source:

November 22, 2008
Saint Cecilia

Luke 20: 27-40
Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If someone's brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died childless. Then the second and the third married her, and likewise all the seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been married to her." Jesus said to them, "The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called 'Lord' the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive." Some of the scribes said in reply, "Teacher, you have answered well." And they no longer dared to ask him anything.

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe that you have come to give light to my life so that I may understand the meaning of my existence. Fan the fire of my heart. May I hunger for the salvation of souls and help give them this same joy of living for you.

Petition: Lord, grant that I may be all things for all men, so that they may love and serve you.

1. Revelation of Life
Christ reveals the mystery of God. Before Christ, people could only hope to understand the natural causes and consequences of human actions. But Christ has revealed that we are called to live in God, not according to the flesh. This is our true dignity, our higher calling that we should never lose sight of even in the midst of daily cares. It is truly a blessing to have a clear path towards Christ. Such clarity prompted the scribes, usually stubborn and proud, to say, “Teacher, you have answered well.”  

2. God of the Living Not of the Dead
When Christ called himself the way, the truth and the life, he revealed the fullness of life that comes from following him. He is Lord of life, and all that relates to him is life-giving. In fact, even the cross and suffering become means for life. At the same time, Christ understood the weakness of our will and the shortcoming of our reasoning. That is why he went before us to unlock the door of death by his own life, death and resurrection. In him we see the path we need to take in order to experience life.

3. Look Only to Christ 
“Christ the new Adam, in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father and of his love, fully reveals man to himself and brings to light his most high calling” (Gaudium et spes, 22). Herein lies the mystery and at the same time the grandeur of human life. Not only do his contemporaries see Christ as a great teacher, a Rabbi, but he taught with authority. He backed up his words with his example. His words were attractive because he was already living the way he was preaching. As Christians, we should look only to Christ. He became man and lived the situations of an ordinary person: working, praying, eating, teaching and helping others so that we could see how we should live our lives.

Conversation with Christ: My dear Lord Jesus, I love you because you speak to my heart of its deepest longings. Because I know that you are truth, I desire to give myself to you unreservedly. I know I don’t love you as I ought, but even the little love I have brings you joy. My Lord, I want to bring you even more joy, so please help my love to grow.

Resolution: Today I will do well the things I can and should do. Regarding the things in the future that I have no control over, I will entrust them to God’s hands and do not worry about them.

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