Some people who find it hard to believe the Christian message will sometimes say:
“If someone came back from the dead to tell us how things are after we die,
then we would believe.”
This statement describes the attitude of people searching for a convincing answer –
an answer that takes away questions and doubts about where our human life is heading to.
But then, where would faith come in?
Amazingly, an answer has been given long ago.
We find it in the last words of Jesus’ story in the gospel text today (Lk.16:19-31):
“If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets,
they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”
If we do not accept God’s message spoken by his messengers,
neither will we be inclined to accept this message from someone returning from the world of the dead.
But the strangest thing is that, in fact, someone HAS returned from the dead!
Jesus has – we affirm this when we recite the Creed saying:
“He has risen from the dead.”
He has told us about where we are going: to the very place he has prepared for us (Jn.14:2-3).
What else do we need?
Note: Another reflection is available on a different theme in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/26e-dimanche-de-lannee-c-2019/
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