(Third Sunday of Easter)
Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Whenever you fight against death on earth, you become alive in heaven; you make your earthly life a reality in heaven.
God himself is alive both in heaven and on earth (not just in heaven): “Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see me, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have” (Luke 24:39).
If God is alive in you, it necessarily follows that you alive in him.
To deny that God lives both on earth and in heaven is the equivalent of saying that God does not live at all. To some people, God is not alive at all because his presence in the world presents a constant opposition to the evils of the world.
Those who deny that God is alive do it in two ways: by their actions and by their omissions.
1. By their actions, that is, by the evil they do, an evil that places them in opposition to the life of God. In other words, whatever is good, is against their interests. They are the ones who put to death the author of life (Acts 3:15).
2. By their omissions, that is, by their refusal to restore goodness in the face of evil. Another form of omission consists in “seeing” only certain forms of evil while remaining totally blind to other grave offenses against human dignity.
Once you see that God is alive, both on earth and in heaven, you will be able to see that your own life is the convergence of your earthly life with your heavenly life.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)