ORDINARY TIME, Week 32: The Lord’s Day

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

Philoxenus of Mabbug (author also of The Discourses) comments on this verse from the Gospel proclaimed at Mass today:

“The prophet’s words are applicable to those who sin without perceiving their sin. A sinner who has received baptism, although he may be dead toward his soul because he does not perceive his sin, he is alive to God because of the grace of baptism that he possesses. This agrees with the words “God is not of the dead but of the living, for they are all living in him.” (On the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit, 1.)

Almighty and merciful God,
graciously keep from us all adversity,
so that, unhindered in mind and body alike,
we may pursue in freedom of heart
the things that are yours.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen