Alive or Dead

Many of us are already dead without knowing it. When we have lost grasp of the true meaning of life, we are actually dead, even if our bodies move around physically. We are like zombies, working hard, eating and living just to satisfy our concupiscence of the flesh, running the rat race without any spiritual direction. We never really have time to think about what life is all about. We have very little time or no time for God. Our perennial excuse is “We are too busy.” When sickness makes us bedridden, sometimes it is a blessing in disguise for us to stop and pause, take account of our lives and start examining what is really important in life. Today Jesus is also attempting to resurrect us from our deep sleep, inviting us to wake up to see the bigger picture of life. We were created, we LIVE in order to LOVE. Love is what makes life meaningful. It is to give ourselves for others, as Christ has done. Let us have this “holy fear” to be alive and not be overwhelmed to dwell too much in the world that we forget that this world is passing and we are just passing through. We may be physically alive but in a state of eschatological death. Christ comes today to “fill our lives” with faith and love. When we lose our life, we will find it and really be alive.

  • Sara

    Inspiring! Thank you !

  • JB

    Please give the scripture reference that is being commented on. Thanks – jab

  • Laura K.

    Jesus said to the crowds in today’s gospel:
    “To what shall I compare the people of this generation?
    What are they like?
    They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another,
    ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance.
    We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’

    What an awesome reflection you published today! It is so easy to get distracted by all the little unimportant details in life and miss the whole point of life itself. If we don’t dance to beautiful music or cry at sad stories, then we are dead inside. If we follow all the rules and do all the right things, but do not love, we are also dead inside.

    The entire bible and all the scriptures we have for mass can be summed up in one word: Love. If you miss that point, then you miss the whole point of life itself.

    The people in today’s gospel missed the whole point.