A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 20:27-38
"Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If someone's brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died childless. Then the second and the third married her, and likewise all the seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been married to her." Jesus said to them, "The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called out 'Lord,' the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive." The Gospel of the Lord
+Prayer: Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, draw my heart O Holy Spirit that I love but what is holy.
"...they are the children of God." Children of God... and that is what we are as St. Paul says. Have you ever had a child run up to you and tell you their name and then point to their dad and say, 'that's my dad?' Their identity is grounded in their father. When we were born, we entered into this world through a family and we received the 'family name', and became known as the son/daughter of, lets say; 'Bill and Joan Sherman.' We are known by others as one of the children of the 'Sherman family.' Oftentimes there is some resemblance among the family members, maybe its freckles, or the smile or something in the face, you can recognize their family heritage. There is a beautiful 'counterpart' here found in the 'spirit.' When we were baptized we became a member of the family of God. We are a child of God and as such we 'bare' his name' ..."child of God". Let us ponder this unfathomable gift. Hear your name; _____ of God, "Megan of God", "Michael of God." As children of God we carry a resemblance and that resemblance is a mark of great beauty, the resemblance is his image and beauty-it is love. What does it mean to me, to recognize and realize I am indeed a child of God, precious to the Father? How does that affect me? How does it affect what I worry about? What I desire? What I am afraid of?
"We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures, we are the sum of the father's love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son Jesus" (St. John Paul II)