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Theology for the common man

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, July 01, 2018

God became one of us to give us the answers to many questions of life, especially to those related to the meaning of suffering and death. There is no man who does not experience them. Jesus also stood before them and with his attitude, teaching, sacrifice, being with others in their suffering and at the moment of their death He himself gave them the answer. God the Father is the source of life. He sent his Son who passed all the stages of the human life according to the will of God showing Him as a source of happiness. “God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living”. “For God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature He made him. But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world, and they who belong to his company experience it”. Death and suffering are consequences of departing from God and of subordination to the low of the world, as it were the only one that counted in the life of people. Then, everything is measured only in this earthly perspective. The mission of Jesus Christ and his work of salvation shows that early life is in essence preparation for eternity with God. The life of each of us, as Jesus’ life, is and should be a form of proving before God of our responsibility to cooperate and to be with God by our service and sacrifice to the others. The lack of that is a consequence of our selfishness and sin with which we crash every day. In those moments we can count on Jesus, his teaching, his attitude, his work of salvation which allows us to restore our direction to God. In today’s gospel Jesus recovers for a certain time the life of the late daughter of the synagogue officials, Jairus, and cures the women from her hemorrhages, but does it mean they will never die? No! They will die, but Jesus recovers them to life and health giving to them and to the families some good lesson and admonition of how important is God, as a source of everything we are and have. As St. Paul reminds us today, Jesus Christ “though he was rich (as he was God), for your sake he became poor (becoming one of us), so that by his poverty you might become rich”, showing us who we are at the divine source.