The Memorial of Saints Cornelius and Cyprian
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK
1 Cor. 15:12-20, Lk. 8:1-3. Today’s first reading presents us with Paul's teaching on the resurrection of the dead, especially in and through Jesus, our Risen Lord. Influenced by the teaching about the Sadducees, some of the Corinthian Christians had doubt about the reality of resurrection from the dead. Since Paul had the experience of the resurrected Christ, he presented a more tenable claim stronger than those presented by the Pharisees. Paul speaks about the importance of resurrection, without which our hope of eternal life would be in vain. With the hope of eternal life, Paul challenges us to grow into the image of the risen Christ by modelling our lives in Him. Paul invites us to live simple ordinary lives, showing love and kindness to others in imitation of Christ. Like Jesus who lived a life of loving service, we are invited to grow in His image so that we can inherit eternal life.
Let us follow the footsteps of Jesus in His life of service, for His purpose in life was “not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Jesus needs our cooperation to bring eternal life to everyone. He was at times dependent on the generosity of others as today's Gospel presents us with the account of several women who participated in His ministry: Mary Magdalene, Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Susanna and many others who travelled with Jesus and shared in His ministry. Within the Church, the Body of Christ, we are all interdependent. The Spirit is at work in our lives in different ways. We need others and others need us. We all have something to offer, learn and receive within the community of faith. Let us welcome the service of the Lord as it comes to us in and through those who journey with us and cross our path.
May the Lord recreate through us a new world where injustice and destruction will give way to growth and be at the service of others! Amen!! Stay safe and have a wonderful day!!!