Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Wednesday 9th Week in Ordinary Time
June 7, 2006
Wednesday 9th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
2 TIMOTHY 1:1-3, 6-12
Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God for the promise of
life in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my dear child: grace, mercy, and
peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to
God, whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did, as I
remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day. For this reason,
I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through
the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of
cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be
ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his
sake; but bear your share of hardship for the Gospel with the strength
that comes from God. He saved us and called us to a holy life, not
according to our works but according to his own design and the grace
bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made manifest
through the appearance of our savior Christ Jesus, who destroyed death
and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel, for which
I was appointed preacher and Apostle and teacher. On this account I am
suffering these things; but I am not ashamed, for I know him in whom I
have believed and am confident that he is able to guard what has been
entrusted to me until that day.
Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and put
this question to him, 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 and died, leaving no
descendants. So the second brother married her and died, leaving no
descendants, and the third likewise. And the seven left no descendants.
Last of all the woman also died. At the resurrection when they arise
whose wife will she be? For all seven had been married to her." Jesus
said to them, "Are you not misled because you do not know the
Scriptures or the power of God? When they rise from the dead, they
neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels
in heaven. As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book
of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, I am the God
of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not God of
the dead but of the living. You are greatly misled."
There was a Jewish law, which stated that should a man die childless,
the next oldest brother was to marry the widow. The first child of this
union would legally be considered the child of the brother who had
died. The Sadducees, the priests of Jesus'day, use this law to build a
fantastic story about a woman who married the oldest of seven brothers.
The first brother died childless; the woman was taken as wife by the
second brother, but he also died before she could conceive. And so with
the rest of the seven, each of them died childless, after the woman had
married each in turn.
Why did they construct this story? The Sadducees didn't believe in the
resurrection, in life after death. Jesus did. So they figure that if
they spring this story on Jesus and then ask him, "If there is a
resurrection, which of the seven brothers will be the woman's husband?"
Everyone, especially the people, will see how ridiculous the ideas of
resurrection and immortality are.
To this, Jesus answers quite seriously, "When God spoke to Moses, he
identified himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, even though
the three patriarchs had long been dead," Jesus continues, "God,
however, is the God of the living, not of the dead. If God is the God
of the patriarchs, though they have died, they must still be living."
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the speedy recovery of Cadio.
- for the speedy recovery of Aida.
- for complete healing of Bro. Nanding
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Adrian Colin Yao
- Wedding Anniversary: Wilson Lim & Estela Lim
- for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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