Are You Ready To Live Forever?
In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us God is the God of the living, not just those living today but all who have gone before us, of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, our relatives, our friends because He [God] is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him all are alive. The Sadducees in Jesus’ time found this idea shocking. Not so for us. Most people (religious and non-religious) seem to know instinctively that the passing of the body isn’t the end of the story. Most seem to intuit that the person’s spirit lives on after the body dies.
The startling and unexpected revelation in the Gospel reading isn’t so much that “all are alive” (and live on in the spirit) but that those who have passed and will pass, will rise (body, soul and spirit) from the dead at the end of time. This is what Jesus promised and we profess every Sunday when we recite the Nicene Creed and say “I look forward to the resurrection of the dead” and more bluntly in the Apostles Creed, when we say “I believe in … the resurrection of the body.”
When the story of the universe comes to an end, we believe we will be reunited with our body, a glorified body (pure and holy) thanks be to God, and live eternally with our pure and Holy God.
Jesus promised us this eternal life if we eat His Body and drink His Blood. Jesus sealed this covenant (unbreakable) promise at the Last Supper as He sat and ate with His disciples and offered up His Body and Blood. Today through the transcendent mystery of the Mass we are able to sit with the disciples in the presence of Jesus and hear Him speak “Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my body which will be given up for you” and “Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the new and eternal covenant.”
With these words Jesus sealed His covenant promise to grant us eternal life. We in turn accept Jesus’ promise with our “Amen” we receive the Eucharistic Jesus (Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.)
God is the God of the living and when you receive the Eucharistic Jesus, the All-Powerful Creator of the universe, is within you and you cannot die.
The question is, “Are you prepared to live forever?”