⏰Wednesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (06 June 2016)

📖2 Tim 1:1-3, 6-12; Ps 123:1-2ab, 2cdef (R.v.1a); Mark 12:18-27

My dear, may grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus (2 Tim 1:2) be with you in this new month and beyond.

Do you know that our view of life normally influences how we embrace it? For those who believe that everything ends in this present world, anything goes. And they can afford to live as they wish without the thought of eternal life. But we believe that there is life after death where those who have died go into eternal bliss or eternal damnation.

The Sadducees belong to the elite class among the Jews. Things were obviously going well for them and so they could afford not to believe in the resurrection. Did the scriptures not say it that in his riches, man lacks wisdom (cf. Ps 49)? The question in Mark 12:19-23 to Jesus was in order to ridicule that belief.

In his reply to them, Jesus exposed their real problem which is the undermining of the power of God. God can do all things, which includes raising the dead to new life.

St. Paul must have perceived that Timothy was not so courageous to carry on with the work of evangelization from where he, St. Paul, left. So, the Second Letter to Timothy serves as a farewell letter to encourage Timothy to trust in the power of God.

As he told Timothy so he tells us today, “Do not be ashamed [and afraid] of testifying to our Lord” (2 Tim 1:8). Do you trust the power of God to save you?

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego trusted in that power and were saved. But they also passed a teaching to us, even if God does not save them physically, they will still not commit sin by worshipping the King’s image (cf. Dan 3:16-18).

May God also grant us the grace of fortitude in the face of difficulties so that we may remain steadfast in the profession of our faith. And may he deliver us from all evil that befall us. Amen.

Have a healthy and miraculous day ahead. Peace be with you.

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