We Stop Breathing

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 11/04/2016

in Ordinary Time

Thirty Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

“…he is not God of the dead, but of the living for to him all are alive.” (Lk 20: 38)

Throughout the ages humans have wrestled with the question of death and after life.
Some of the conclusions believed there was no after life. Egyptians believed so they mummified the bodies of the dead. Another belief that emerged was reincarnation. By the second century B.C., when we ponder today’s reading, we read of an argument of a Sadducee and Pharisee who challenge Jesus to settle the life after death belief of rising from the dead.

We Stop Breathing

  • We stop breathing.
  • We enter a country of no return.
  • We are reincarnated countless times.
  • We turn to nothingness.
  • We rise from death to new life.

What say you wealthy Sadducee?

“There is not an after life;”


What say you conservative Pharisee?

“After our death, we rise from the dead.”


What say you God of all nations?

“This truly is a mystery to humanity. It took centuries to convince you of resurrection.

So I wisely gave all of my children of God hints little by little to see if they could solve this conundrum. Then I remember a refrain from one of the songs I inspired. You may hear the entire lyrics, but the words that fit this theme read: ‘Words, words, words! I’m sick of words…if you are on fire show me!’ So I did. I became the Son of God, a human, who was born, lived and died then rose again from the dead. Believe in Resurrection. It is a truth which I have shown you!”


For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Why were the Sadducees unbelievers of resurrection?
  2. Have you read Heaven is For Real yet?
  3. Why do you believe about life after death?
  4. Have you spoken of after life with an Atheist? What was their belief?
  5. What does your Church Denomination teach about life after death?
  6. What is Purgatory and do you believe in it? Why or why not?
  7. Do all cultures celebrate All Souls Day liturgy?


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