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RECOGNISING OUR SPIRITUAL POVERTY

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Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

The Corinthian Christians believed in Christ's Resurrection but not in the resurrection of the body. Greek philosophy saw the body as a prison for the soul. At death, the soul was set free and therefore immortality was an endowment only of the soul.

Saint Paul teaches that the truth of Christ's Resurrection is the promise of the resurrection of the soul and the body. If the only kind of resurrection is immortality of the soul, then Christ was not truly raised from the dead. But the truth of our faith is that Christ was fully raised from the dead and therefore so will we be.

Paul is teaching us that we will not spend eternity as ghosts or spirits. We will be transformed persons, fully in glory as is Jesus. We will not be half persons but complete persons, glorious in body and soul.

Paul teaches us that Christ's Resurrection was not an isolated episode of His personal biography but the beginning of a new creation for all, because Christ lives in glory and so will all who are part of Him.

It is worth noting how today's Gospel reading tells us of the preaching tours that Jesus made, accompanied by His Apostles and certain women who provided for His and their everyday needs. The thought of women following a rabbi would have been regarded as scandalous, if not sinful, at that time because women were considered to be socially and spiritually inferior to men.

But Jesus chose them for they were faithful, humble and ready to learn, and as much in need of salvation as the rest of mankind. They followed Him all the way to Jerusalem, and some even stood by Him at Calvary when His own Apostles had fled in fear! Such faithfulness was ultimately rewarded. Some of these women had the privilege of being the first witnesses to proclaim the wonder of Jesus’ resurrection.

Lord Jesus, help us to see our need of forgiveness, as these women did, and may we share with them a place in Your Kingdom of Heaven.

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