(Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, November 6, 2016.
The children of God will participate in the resurrection by overcoming the barriers of the present world
In order to participate in the life of the resurrection we must relate to one another as God relates to us. In other words, just as God relates to us as if we were his children and brothers, so must we related to all human beings as if they were our children and brothers.
The children of God overcome the barriers of “this age” and “are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead” (Luke 20:35).
What are the barriers of the present world?They are the injustices and divisions preventing people from living as children of God. Indeed, our world (this age) promotes division over unity; brute force over rational deliberation; abuse over respect; and deceit over trustworthiness. Those who perpetuate this age of injustice and division do not believe in and do not expect resurrection, for they make themselves unworthy “to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead.” They refuse to live as children of God; therefore, they lack life within themselves. The evils of this age cannot continue into the coming age.
How do we overcome the barriers of the present world?
By living in unity with one another, as members of one universal family, as children of God. And, “the children of God . . . are the ones who will rise” (Luke 20: 36).
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)