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Pope St. Clement
St. Columban
Bl. Miguel Pro

1 Maccabees 6:1-13
Psalm 9:2-4, 6, 16, 19
Luke 20:27-40

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

The Sadducees claimed there is no resurrection (Lk 20:27). The Pharisees claimed there is a resurrection. Jesus even claimed to be the Resurrection (Jn 11:25). The Sadducees did not try to prove their point, but just introduce a small element of confusion. They hoped that the little leaven of confusion would ruin the whole dough of faith in the resurrection (see Lk 20:33). This tactic did not work with Jesus because He responded to their question with a clarity that dispelled any confusion. His hearers had to respond: " 'Well said, Teacher.' They did not dare ask Him anything else" (Lk 20:40).

Although Jesus prevented confusion from infecting His followers' faith in the resurrection, many of the Corinthians succumbed to this tactic. They did not believe in the resurrection of Christians. They may have lost their faith in our resurrection because of confusions raised by such questions as: "How are the dead to be raised up? What kind of body will they have?" (1 Cor 15:35) St. Paul called these questions "nonsensical" (1 Cor 15:36). Like Jesus, he tried to dispel the confusion by teaching clearly.

It's normal for human beings to be confused. However, are you letting more confusions enter your life than necessary? Too much confusion, even about peripheral matters, can weaken and even damage your faith in the Lord.

Prayer:  Father, open to me clear teachings from the Bible and by the Pope. Dispel any unnecessary confusions I may have.

Promise:  "I will give thanks to You, O Lord, with all my heart; I will declare all Your wondrous deeds." —Ps 9:2

Praise:  Bl. Miguel Pro ministered the sacraments secretly to his people despite a government order forbidding worship. As he faced the firing squad, he spread his arms as did the crucified Jesus and shouted, 'Viva Cristo Rey!' ('Long live Christ the King!')

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 22, 2013

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