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St. Cecilia

Revelation 11:4-12
Psalm 144
Luke 20:27-40

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"Sons of the resurrection, they are sons of God." —Luke 20:36

We are the resurrection-people. When the secular humanists, the Sadducees of modern times, focus their lives on this side of death and for practical purposes claim there is no resurrection from the dead (Lk 20:27), we talk about "the age to come" when we no longer marry, become like angels, and are not liable to death (Lk 20:35, 36). The secularists often refuse to believe us. They even persecute us and try to kill us. They mistakenly think that they can refute our claims to resurrection by killing us. In fact, however, this sets the stage for us to prove we are the resurrection-people. "But after the three and a half days, the breath of life which comes from God returned" to us (Rv 11:11). When we stood on our feet, "sheer terror gripped those who saw" us (Rv 11:11).

Secularists and those of the world have martyred millions of Christians, but "the blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians" (Catechism, 852). I solemnly assure you, "unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it produces much fruit" (Jn 12:24). "God is not the God of the dead but of the living. All are alive for Him" (Lk 20:38). "Death is swallowed up in victory" (1 Cor 15:54).

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, through Your life in me may I already begin to rise.

Promise:  "The two prophets heard a loud voice from heaven say to them, 'Come up here!' So they went up to heaven in a cloud as their enemies looked on." —Rv 11:12

Praise:  St. Cecilia, a saint who has been mentioned since the earliest times in the Mass's canon, lived her life as a loving song to her God and spends eternity singing His praises.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our leaflet, Risen Life, or our audio tapes AV 4A-1, AV 4A-3, AV 4B-1, AV 4B-3 or video V-4A, V-4B.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 1, 2008

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