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Liturgical day: Saturday 33rd in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 20,27-40): Some Sadducees arrived. These people claim that there is no resurrection (…). Jesus replied, «Taking husband or wife is proper to people of this world, but for those who are considered worthy of the world to come and of resurrection from the dead, there is no more marriage. Besides, they cannot die for they are like the angels. They too are sons and daughters of God because they are born of the resurrection. Yes, the dead will be raised, and even Moses implied it in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. For He is God of the living and not of the dead, and for him all are alive» (…).

Final states of man (II): "Heaven"

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI)
(Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, we perceive a mistake in these interlocutors of Jesus, the Sadducees: they imagined eternal life as a mere "endless continuation" of their earthly life. No surprise they denied the Resurrection! But, we do not discover eternal life through the analysis of our own existence; the "I believe in the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting" is the result of believing in the living God.

Eternity is not simply "time without end", but another plane of existence, in which everything converges in the "here and now of love". The new quality of being that is liberated from the fragmentation of existence. It will be the moment to submerge ourselves in oceans of limitless Love, in which time —the before and after— no longer exist: this is Heaven, where "they all live for Him" A life we yearn to live forever!

—O Jesus, I await this time of life in its fullest sense, overwhelmed with joy, according to Your promise: "I'll be come back to see you and your heart will rejoice, and nobody will take away your joy".