Reflections on the Readings for Sunday, September 29, 2013

Readings for Sunday, September 29, 2013

In the second reading, this is the verse that stood out for me the most:

“the King of kings and Lord of lords,
who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light,
and whom no human being has seen or can see.”

God is so luminous, so brilliant, so pure that no one can see Him and live.  This reminds me of the testimony of Sondra Abrahams who died in the 1970’s and was brought back to life.  She conversed with Jesus, however she did not see God – only the foot of the throne.  She was told that if she did see God, she could not come back.    There are also other passages in the bible that back this up.  For example:  John 1:18, Exodus 33:20.  What about when Moses “saw God face to face” on the mountain in Exodus 33:11?  I did some research and found a good explanation:

“Since no two passages of Scripture, if correctly understood, will contradict each other, we must conclude that when the Bible speaks of people seeing God, they did not look upon his pure essence of deity. That man cannot do and live. We are told that God is a Spirit (John 4:24) and thus invisible (I Tim. 1:17). What these people saw was either 1). A vision or dream of God (Isaiah and Daniel) or 2). A theophany (a divine manifestation), that is God’s special angel, the one known as the Word, took the appearance of a man and came down to interact with His people. As sinful mortals we cannot look upon the pure deity of our Creator and live, thus he mercifully does not provide us that opportunity.”  John Waddey, from First Century Christian

From the gospel, the last verse reminded me of what is happening in our world today:

“He said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham,
but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.'”

In the last 100 years, the Blessed Mother has been appearing all over the world.  Even Jesus came to St. Faustina, a polish nun.  Have we heeded the messages?  Are we fasting, praying, converting?  Are we offering every prayer, work, joy and suffering for the conversion of our souls and other souls?  Are our hearts hardened or “too busy” with this world to be persuaded – or has nothing changed in the 2000 years since this scripture passage was written?

About danardoyle

I am a Catholic, working wife and mother. I have three children ages 10, 16 and 23. I am extremely busy, as you can imagine. I aim each and every day to put God first in my life, to teach my children the Faith, to be a supportive spouse, keep the house in order, and do my job outside of the home well, too. That's an impossible task - without Divine intervention! Here, I hope to share my triumphs and struggles with other working moms in the same boat. I will share the tools I have discovered to making it all work - most days!
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