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dc.contributor.authorQuinn, Tomen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 448en_US
dc.description.abstractThe first reading today exhibits St. Paul's legal, balanced, "if this, then that…" style of communication.  He begins with the restatement of a question, "how are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come back?"  As a professor, his next statement makes me shudder.  "You fool!", he begins.  At least he got my attention.  After reading the passage, I began to think of our complex modern view of death.  Nearly all of us are conflicted by the crushing reality of the physical death of a loved one. We are uplifted by God's promise of the spiritual beauty that awaits us.  The sorrow we feel is not necessarily that our loved one's life has been lost, but for our own loss of the person.  The prospect of rising again as an" incorruptible, glorious, and spiritual" antithesis of our earthly self is too much to immediately internalize. Perhaps, we feel our earthly loss so strongly that we cannot accept, or conceive of, the glory that awaits all that live in the Lord.  We clearly bear the image of the earth, and we naturally return to it.  St. Paul reminds us, very clearly, that we also bear the image of God, and that our spiritual, glorious body will be raised again.  We will walk with God.|The gospel (LK 8:4-15) provides us with an easily visualized example from nature of the fates that may befall us as we encounter God's word. Jesus did not often explain each line of his parable.  This time, however, he underlines some possibilities we may experience when we hear God speaking to us; these range from ignoring God's words, and failing to live spiritually, to embracing his message completely, and thriving.   When reflecting on this, it seems that most of us have experienced our own rejection(s) of God. We are sometimes tempted by the "weeds" that we feel support us, only to discover that they are slowly destroying us.  True spiritual nurturing and stability can only be attained by hearing, and acting, on God's word.  Now, as the psalmist writes, "I know that God is with me. In God, in whose promise I glory."       en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Saturday September 22, 2018: 24th Week of Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Medicineen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorQuinn, Thomas H.en_US Timeen_US 24en_US
dc.subject.local11 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 56:10c-12, 13-14en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 8:4-15en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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