New life is more than just life; life that will never end; life that can accrue even from death… This is today’s good news.
People are entombed for many reasons, under many forms and guises. Ignorance buries so many of our countrymen. People lie half-dead, no longer caring for a country awash in corruption. We are immersed in a culture that is life-disabling.
Today, the First Reading from Ezekiel oozes with hope. This is the good news that God desires and has the power to bring life even out of death, to make us rise from our tombs, and make us settle in our land. But God’s vision and promise ought to be our desire, too. He needs a little help from us, and it starts with our own desire for life, not death. It starts with our own efforts at doing what St. Paul counsels us — to leave behind life “in the flesh” and pursue one “in the Spirit.”
We need to look closely at what life is all about. And Martha, for all her busybody attitude, might have understood it a little better than we do. She knew, that, first, “had He been there, her brother would not have died.” Second, she knew that “whatever He would ask of God, He would grant it.” She knew, too, that her brother “would rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” But what she did not know was the big surprise that God was, and is, a God of life, there and then — and even here and now.
After the Lord has walked her through her ignorance, tears, sorrow and grief, Martha knew much, much more. But by then, it was not just a matter of knowing. It became a matter of faith: “Yes, Lord, I have come to believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” No one does it better than He who died and gave Himself “that we might have life — life in its fullness.” Fr. Chito Dimaranan, SDB
————— REFLECTION QUESTION —————
Do you pursue a life “in the Spirit”?
Lord Jesus, Son of the living God, let me live for You and You alone. Amen