The Ultimate Goal
The first Reading tells us about the martyrdom of seven brothers who embraced the law of God by their words and actions. Their death went beyond human reason because they chose to die for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Their death, indeed, led them to everlasting life. On the contrary, in the Gospel, the Sadducees challenged Jesus about seven deceased brothers. Their challenges to Jesus revealed the fact that they did not find the answer for the life after death. For them, there was no life after death.
There are modern “Sadducees” who do not believe in resurrection in our society. The only reason for Christians to follow Christ is his resurrection. The resurrection is the ultimate goal for our life. As long as we truly embrace resurrection, then our lives have a divine meaning. If not, everything we do as Christians is worthless and meaningless. Seeing God beyond the reality in the world helps us to deepen our faith and trust in the Lord. Seeing God with the eye of faith will help us to accept the changing if necessary. For some one, death can be good news; for those who believe in Resurrection. Others, death leads to a dead end.
My dear friends, we are invited to embrace the Resurrection in our daily life. All our actions, works, words are toward to the ultimate goal – heaven.