Thursday 24 July 2014

Friday of Week 24 Year 2

Some people live lives as if this life is all that matters. They try to accumulate titles, wealth, fame, and recognition, with the intention of winning admiration and respect from others. However, what these people have accumulated seems not enough, and they work even harder and try harder to gain more and more of such things. Some people may think that after this life is over and done with, that is it: we are finished, we are history. But is this what we Christians believe?

In today's reading, St. Paul reminds us that we Christians believe in the resurrection. He says: "Now if Christ raised from the dead is what has been preached, how can some of you be saying that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, Christ himself cannot have been raised, and if Christ has not been raised then our preaching is useless and your believing it is useless; indeed, we are shown up as witnesses who have committed perjury before God, because we swore in evidence before God that he had raised Christ to life."

It seems as if there are some Christians who may have begun to doubt the resurrection of the dead. Even today, there are Christians who may have doubted this important teaching. However, we should note that if we doubt the resurrection of the dead, then we could be drifting away from our Christian belief. After all, we say that we believe in the resurrection of the dead, when we recite the Apostles Creed or even the Nicene Creed. Are we holding fast to our belief and trusting in God?

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