1 Maccabees 6:1-13, Psalm 9:2-4, 6, 16 & 19, Luke 20:27-40
1 Maccabees 6:1-13
My Beloved, we see that eventually even though the enemies of the Church might flourish for a while and their reign of terror seems endless, the truth is that evil doers will have to pay. The innocent will receive justice and the wicked will be punished according to their deeds. No good ever comes from the persecution of God's anointed. To raise a hand against God's people is to raise a hand against God Himself. Although He is a God who forgives, retribution is certain for the unrepentant sinner.
Psalm 9:2-4, 6, 16 & 19
No evil done against the people of God will succeed. You Yourself my Beloved will exact justice on behalf of those who have been downtrodden and persecuted for generations. The cry of the innocent will be heard and punishment will be swift and thorough against those who deliberately turn their backs on You.
My Beloved, if we did not believe in the Resurrection of the dead, our lives would be meaningless. This idiotic question posed to You by the Sadduccees would have been one they would have thrown at the Pharisees and everyone else who believed in the resurrection of the dead. They would have thought themselves extremely clever in sneeringly posing what they believed was a tricky question. Unfortunately, most people who are unable to look beyond the merely physical and material aspect to the spiritual dimension, will always find themselves stuck in the mire of the flesh. We must move from the physical to the spiritual, from the vocal to the silence of awe and wonder, from the physical senses to divine realities revealed by You through the Holy Spirit.
Heaven is a union of the Church, the people of God, to their Bridegroom in an ecstatic and sublime union that is everlasting. You, our Lord and God will come to claim Your Bride and You will present her to the Father who from all time lovingly planned that all who come to Him must come through You His Son who saved and redeemed us all. To You be the glory and honor and power forever and and ever Amen!!