Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9

1 But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them.2 In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be an affliction,
3 and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace.
4 For though in the sight of men they were punished, their hope is full of immortality.
5 Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;6 like gold in the furnace he tried them, and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.7 In the time of their visitation they will shine forth, and will run like sparks through the stubble.
8 They will govern nations and rule over peoples, and the Lord will reign over them for ever.9 Those who trust in him will understand truth, and the faithful will abide with him in love, because grace and mercy are upon his elect, and he watches over his holy ones.

Romans 5:5-11

5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.6 While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man–though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die.
8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.9 Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
11 Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received our reconciliation.

John 11:17-27

17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.
20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary sat in the house.21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.22 And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.”23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
26 and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.”  


THE BOOK OF SOLOMON gives us an eschatological insight into the lives of the prophets who suffered much in their efforts to give witness to God.Suffering pain and death may appear to be a form of punishment, however it is a mode of purification and cleansing for those who placed their hope in God’s merciful love. Verse seven also allude to the supernatural punishment [purgation] that man will undergo in the afterlife in order to cleanse us from unrepentant venial sins and allow us entry to heaven.

St PAUL contextualize Christs death and ressurection describing that fateful event as the ultimate expression of God’s unquenchable love for mankind! God took the form of man and died for the ungodly, which on the face of it is antithetical to our human sense of reasoning and operation. Christs death and ressurection has reconciled us to the Father which deserve our praise and joy in the Lord.

THE GOSPEL READING traverse the ultimate miracle of miracles when a friend of Christ shall be raised from the dead! Most importantly, Christ responded to a message from Lazarus’s sisters, who interceded and sought Christs divine assistance in their time of need for their brother who was sick and died!

Mary and Martha’s cry for Christs intervention can rightly be adjudged to be a form of intercessory prayer that was delivered to Jesus through a ‘courier,’ who passed on the message (Jn 11:3) to Him. Whilst pain, illness and  death are modes that lead to fear, suffering, confusion, uncertainty and perhaps a sense of unbelief, we should not allow these afflictions to disappoint us to the extent that we lose hope in Christs power to raise our loved ones from the dead. Like Mary and Martha we must continuesly transmit our prayers for the living and deceased loved ones to God via the intercession of the saints, couriers of the hope that is in us! 

LET US PRAY: Psalms 27:1-4,7-9,13-14
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 4 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me!
8 Thou hast said, “Seek ye my face.” My heart says to thee, “Thy face, LORD, do I seek.”
9 Hide not thy face from me. Turn not thy servant away in anger, thou who hast been my help. Cast me not off, forsake me not, O God of my salvation!
13 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the LORD!

Author. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days. 

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