Daily Archives: September 21, 2006

Friday, Sep 22 – What Ifs

22 Sep

Truth exists; only falsehood has to be invented. – Georges Braque
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1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Now, if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection from the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ – whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
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Luke 8:1-3

Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward, Chuza and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.
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Imagine someone who believes a person has done one great important thing, for instance, a child who believes that a certain man has saved another from death. Imagine the child admiring the man in a “Singapore Idol” manner. Imagine then that after a few years, the child discovers that the man she had been admiring all that time had not in fact saved the other person. It would have been a case of mistaken identity, or that she had understood the situation wrongly – the man had not been there to save the other person, but had just been seen beside the person after the person had already been saved. Imagine what the reaction of that child would be.

Now, imagine if someone discovers that the whole story of Christ is fake. What would happen if it were proven that Christ had died and not been raised to life again? What would happen if some other person other than the apostles, the guards at the tomb, or the women coming to visit the tomb had in fact removed the body without anybody knowing and that evidence to that occurrence suddenly appeared? What would happen if people started believing that Jesus died, and the whole resurrection part had been fabricated? What would happen if psychologists started saying that the accounts of the events after the death of Jesus (the disciples walking to Emmaus, seeing Jesus walking with them on the road and explaining scriptures to them; or the time when Jesus appeared to the 11 disciples first, then to Thomas and the 11 disciples) were events of mass hysteria or mass hallucination/illusion?

We Christians would really be the most to be pitied since we base everything on Jesus’ resurrection. Because Jesus is raised from the dead, we are able to proclaim God’s power over death, God’s foresight and wisdom in allowing His son to die for us. We are able to proclaim that Christ’s sacrifice brought our salvation, and many more things. All these would be empty proclamations if Christ was not raised from the dead.

With every passing day, it is harder to believe in God, in his message of goodness and love. The secular world proclaims a message of self-love and individuality. We proclaim that Christ died for our salvation and all, but after some time, do we still remember the meaning of it all or do the words only become words? Every teaching of the Catholic Church requires that tiny (or huge) bit of faith. Which teaching/s is/are we having difficulty coming to terms with? Would doubt in some of the Church’s teachings be able to shake our faith? And would it shake it into a better form, or make it crumble?

All these questions are not for us to doubt ourselves, but to make us question our relationship with Him to see where we lie and, as a result, to be able to know where we can strengthen our faith.

(Today’s OXYGEN by Lyndley Ah Qune)
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Prayer:
Dear Jesus, we thank you for giving us the grace to say this prayer and believe. We ask you to send us your Holy Spirit to inspire us and to grant us the wisdom to see God’s plan in our lives today. Help us to understand that all things happen for a reason, and sometimes that reason is known to you alone. Help us to accept this and continue to trust that you love us and only want what’s best for us. Amen.

Thanks be to God for family and friends to support us every moment of our life.

Upcoming Readings:
Sat, 23 Sep – 1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49; Luke 8:4-15; Memorial for St. Pio of Pietrelcina, priest
Sun, 24 Sep – Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; James 3:16 – 4:3; Mark 9:30-37; Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Disclaimer: The reflections expressed in this e-mail are the writer’s own. They may not necessarily reflect the teachings of the Catholic Church. Nonetheless we should all be able to learn something from it.