God is God of the living, not the dead: keyword homilies from the Philippines


Sunday´s homily on Luke 20: 27-38. The keyword is alive.

All of us we want to live. But living is not a matter of surviving but a matter of life to the full. Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever finds life in Jesus will not die because we are all alive in him. He is the giver of life. Whoever remains in him has life and becomes a giver of life. Life consists in loving and sharing our life with others. When we don’t love we degenerate and we become dehumanized.  Our development and growth depends on how much we love. In our world we talk about developed countries; but true development doesn’t consist only in the achievement of material things but in the capacity to love. We are part of a new creation as children of God. That means that the time has come to mature in love. We can stop being children who always want to receive, centred on ourselves; we must live giving ourselves to God and to others.

Our deepest vocation is to love. We live when we love. We know that we have passed from death to life when we love others and we live for them. Those who do not love are still under the power of death. We cannot love God whom we cannot see if we don’t love our brothers who we can see. If we see others in need, yet we close our hearts to them we are dead. When we don’t love our brothers we deprive them of what belongs to them. Everything we have been given is to share with others. When we don’t live sharing, creating and forming a family we are denying our vocation and our dignity. Love is what really matters. Love is definitive and remains forever.

Pope Francis In the letter to the youth says. Christ is alive and he wants you be alive. He brings us life that is eternal and forever. Everything he touches becomes, young, new, and full of life (CV 1). He has come for us to live and live to the full. He is in you, he is with you and he never abandons you. However far you may wander, the Risen one is always there. He calls you and he waits for you to return to him and start over and over again. When you feel you are growing old because of sorrow, resentment, fear, doubt or failure, he will always be there to restore your strength and hope (CV 2). Don’t let yourself be trapped in a culture of purely passing things, thinking that nothing can be definitive. Don’t be afraid to respond to your own vocation. Don’t be afraid to live to the full, offering your life to God.  These days, so many people say that marriage is out of fashion and that religious consecration makes no sense. Life to the full means serving God and others, living for God and for others.

Fr Dario SEMD,  November 10th, 2019

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