September 19, 2014
St. Paul said, “if the dead are not raised,
neither has Christ been raised,
and if Christ has not been raised,
your faith is vain;
you are still in your sins.”
1 Cor 15:12-20
Oh, “A A A A A !” : )
Yes, because A = B = C
Yeah, but if C does not equal B, then B cannot equal A and obviously C cannot equal A either. So A? : (
It’s funny how there are people, even today, who say they’re Catholic, yet if we were to ask them what they believe, they give us that ‘deer in the headlights’ look. So we break it down a little more for them and we ask, Well, do you believe in God? And they’ll answer us, “Sure, yeah I believe in God.” And then when we ask them, What do you believe about God? It’s that ‘deer in the headlights’ look again. Too deep!
OK, so then we ask, Do you believe in Jesus Christ? And they’ll answer, “Sure,” again.
“Yeah, I believe in Jesus Christ.” Great, so what do you believe about Jesus Christ?
And it’s ‘deer in the headlights’ again.
So, OK, IF you believe in Jesus Christ, then you must also believe that people will be resurrected from the dead. And then we’ll get that ultimate answer, “OH no, I don’t believe in that!” Like we just spoke about some horrendous disease.
St. Paul had the gift of being able to convince people that – either they believed, or they were total morons. Especially after he spent years teaching them everything he knew. So you can imagine his frustration with the Corinthians who said they were Christian, yet they didn’t believe in the resurrection of the dead. It would be like a professional golfer teaching a young amateur the tips and tricks of a pro, only to come back later and find him swinging at the ball with a hockey stick. It makes absolutely no sense.
So when we hear of a Catholic who doesn’t believe in the resurrection, or who thinks that abortion or capital punishment or euthanasia, or war, or revenge, or even just hatred of other races or religions, is all OK, then it’s simply saying something about their own lack of intelligence. And maybe worse, it’s also saying something about our own inability to properly teach them all the Truths that Jesus taught us.
The Truth that Love and Life are THE most important things to God – means that they should be equally important to us.
And the Truth that Jesus came, and taught, and died, and rose again – in order to show us a path that we must also follow – means that when we DO follow that path, we will end up in the same place that He is . . . Resurrected for eternity.
Paul made it pretty clear. Without the resurrection, we are the most pitiable people of all.
But as Paul would say, “Thanks be to God,” Jesus shows us the way. And by following His path, we are instead, THE most Hopeful. Now, all we need do is infect our world with that same Hope.
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