Thursday, March 8, 2007

Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

"‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.’”

These words of Jesus telling the parable of Lazarus and the rich man in Luke's Gospel can often seem as though they are a condemnation of a generation who refused to recognize God's Word and God's message of salvation to His people. And that statement is true enough.

But, as I was reflecting on this passage, I couldn't help but think of that last part about someone rising from the dead. While we often look at this as a scolding of non-believers, it is also a wonderful word of hope for those who do believe. Because, we have heard Moses and the Prophets - and we have seen Him who rose from the dead!

Do you ever stop and think about just how much God spoils us, His children? God could have left us to fend for ourselves, but instead, His desire for us to be near to Him is so overwhelming that He is continually sending us messages, and messengers, to find the way to Him. God spoils us with Sacred Scripture, telling us all we need to know.

You may have seen this acronym for the word BIBLE before. BIBLE stands for "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth." In the Bible, God gives all we ever needed to know about Him and about how to live the way He wants us to live. If we ever stop and wonder - what does God want me to do? The answer is no further away than Scripture.

So, we have been fed on His Word, our hearts have been nurtured and opened to His way by this gentle teacher that is Scripture, and so when Jesus rose from the dead, our hearts, minds and eyes were open to see this wonder. And that same Jesus rises out of simple bread and wine at every Mass to be once again alive in our midst in the form of His Body and Blood.

We have heard! We have seen! We have believed!

We are God's wonderfully spoiled children!

Pax et bonum!

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