We Will Rise From the Dead

SATURDAY: Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time


We Will Rise From the Dead

My exposure to agronomy, nursing, biblical studies, theology, pastoral care to the sick and dying is quite a mix of experiences, which enhanced my outlook on life, living, dying and life after death. Each of these disciplines has something to do with the natural law of human existence on earth, death and life hereafter. They are inescapable sequences ordained by God to bring us back into full communion with him, in the end, as his mirrored reflection on earth.

Cultivation of the earth, of a vineyard, are graphic in their simulations of human existence, birthing, health, wellbeing, sickness, death and resurrection. Every buried seed, in rich soil, burst forth from the earth with new life and exuberance ready for its streak of productivity until it is fell and from its stem still rooted in the ground they spring forth-new shoots. Trees and seeds have their unique soul – they cannot die – they will regenerate as long as their roots are in the dirt and have water. Water in this context is a symbol of God’s grace and the earth, the source of life.

It is the same as humans. Sick and dying people are as if withering plants - they may reach the jaws of death, but with proper nutrients and palliative care, they will rise from their state to continue their mission on earth. Every good seed sowed brings forth new life. All of these adventures are like simulated death and resurrection of which Christ speaks.

On more than one occasion, I travelled through the dark tunnel of death towards the bright light. My visits to the next world were like encountering three vineyards. The first orchard people were haggard, disheartened. They looked like an abandoned field. The second estate, the souls there were still in agony, but they live in hope. The third was a forest of white robes and blue stoles, with echoes of resounding choruses of triumph and freedom, in the presence of their eternal king and the risen Lamb; they celebrated the gift of eternal life.

Thus, this useless prattle over the mood of the resurrection demonstrates a lack of faith and trust on our part in God and Christ. I am not afraid of death. Why? Because I believe in the resurrection of the dead; also because went ahead of us to prepare a place in the kingdom of his for us (Jn.14:1-4).

Lord, I believe in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

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