readings today require some thoughtful consideration. The first reading and
the gospel focused our attention to resurrection and caused me to think at
great length about what they meant and specifically what they meant to me.
The responsorial psalm appeared straight forward in comforting us that we
are not alone.
I believe that the other readings move our focus from the present
and the very real comfort that we have in the Lord to the future and the
extraordinary journey that awaits us. In reading the gospel and searching
for its meaning with what resurrection would hold, I ran across a quote from
a Baptist minister (Dr. Criswell) who when asked if we would know each other
when we get to heaven, responded that we won’t really know each other UNTIL
we get to heaven. I had been distressed at my first reading of the gospel
that somehow my marriage was not important. I know that my husband
is an essential companion for the journey and now realize that Jesus was
not putting down our relationships on earth but asking us to look beyond
to the marvels that will eventually be ours. My husband and I will continue
to be side-by-side as we take this journey with our feet sometimes stuck
in the mud on earth. The times when we are looking together at the purpose
of the journey and beyond our own needs are the times when our relationship
is at its finest and most fulfilling. For it is in remembering that we are
children of God, that we are like angels who will rise and truly know each
other and God as our final reward.
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