Reading 1 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.

Responsorial Psalm PSALM 123:1B-2AB, 2CDEF

R. (1b) To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.
To you I lift up my eyes
who are enthroned in heaven.
Behold, as the eyes of servants
are on the hands of their masters.
R. To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.
As the eyes of a maid
are on the hands of her mistress,
So are our eyes on the LORD, our God,
till he have pity on us.
R. To you, O Lord, I lift up my eyes.

Alleluia JOHN 11:25A, 26

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;
whoever believes in me will never die.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MARK 12:18-27

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.”
Reflection: Aside from the chief priests, elders, scribes, and Pharisees, there is another group of Jewish leaders during Jesus’ time, and they are the Sadducees. In the Gospel (Mark 12:18-27), they do not believe in life after death, so they approached Jesus to ask him on which of the seven brothers is the real husband of the wife, since when one died, another married her and the same situation. Jesus could see how they are misled, since because they study the Law, they do not even understand the Scriptures. He tells them that the seven brothers in heaven are not married, but they are already angels in heaven. And he concludes that the Lord God of their forefathers is God of the living. The resurrection from the dead is one of the last things in Eschatology, and it is the core of our faith. When Jesus rose from the dead, he promised us that we too shall be raised to eternal life after our own death. So do we really believe that there is an after life? If on earth men and women are married/will marry, then in heaven there is no marriage because all the faithful children of God will be united in heaven, especially when the Lord Jesus comes again on Judgement Day. The rewards that awaits us is eternal life in this Kingdom, wherein there will be no more tears, sorrow, fear, and pain, because the One who will come again will declare to us: “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5). That is why in the First Reading (2 Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12), Saint Paul reminds us to be courageous witnesses of the Lord’s message in this earthly life because we have received power and faith through Jesus Christ who destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel. So as we journey down this road, let us strengthen our faith in the resurrection from the dead by living a faithful life on earth, so that when our time comes, we will be rewarded with the beatific vision of God.

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