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Reflection by Julie Ann Monzi
The Sadducees in today’s Gospel didn’t believe in the resurrection of souls. My question to them would be, if there were no resurrection, what would be the point of life? If we had no hope of anything beyond this life, this world, and this suffering, then what is the meaning of it all?
For the Sadducees, they found meaning in their own power. Sadly, if they would have relinquished that power, accepted, and followed Jesus, they would have had an immeasurably better reward than the power they felt they held. They would have everlasting life with their Savior.
Thankfully, on this Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we remember that our wonderful Mother Mary had parents who were not interested in earthly power. They followed the teachings of Moses and offered their daughter to God in the Temple. Mary humbled herself years later and embraced the life God prepared for her. Her “yes” to God opened the doors of Heaven for us all.
As you go through life – with all of its joys and sufferings – you can offer them to Jesus. Be grateful for your joys and unite your suffering to Him on the Cross – for yourself, your family, and in this month of remembrance, for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
What do you need to give up in your life, and what do you need to embrace?
Jesus, I unite my suffering to Yours and ask that you use it to bring my family closer to You, and for all Holy Souls in Purgatory, those in my family and especially for those with no one to pray for them.
Copyright 2020 Julie Ann Monzi
Julie Ann Monzi lives in Gettysburg, PA, with her husband, three grown children, and three cats. She enjoys reading, hiking the Gettysburg Battlefield, and watching British mysteries. Julie’s work has appeared in magazines that include Harpstring Magazine, Liguorian, and Radiant. You can find her on Facebook.
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