Created for life

While God the Father created us for life and joy, death and suffering entered the world through sin. But, Jesus came and restored us back to eternal life. Through Him, we have joy and hope even in the midst of death and suffering.

Today’s readings are focused on how God created us for life, for hope, and for joy and not for death, for despair, or for suffering.

In the first reading, the book of Wisdom tells us that God created us in His eternal likeness:

“For God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he made him.” — Wisdom 2:23

It also tells us that God does not rejoice in our sufferings:

“God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.” — Wisdom 1:13

That’s why when Jesus came down from heaven, He restored us people back to their original design, without afflictions like the woman suffering from hemorrages and full of life like the daughter of Jairus, a synagogue official:

“[The woman] said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.’ Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.” — Mark 5:28-29
“[Jesus] took the child by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha koum,’ which means, ‘Little girl, I say to you, arise!’ The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. [At that] they were utterly astounded.” — Mark 5:41-42

While God the Father created us for life and joy, death and suffering entered the world through sin. But, Jesus came and restored us back to eternal life. Through Him, we have joy and hope even in the midst of death and suffering.

That’s why in the second reading, St. Paul implores us to live like Jesus, sharing His gifts so that others may not be lacking. So that they too can experience the restoration that Jesus gives:

“As a matter of equality your surplus at the present time should supply their needs, so that their surplus may also supply your needs, that there may be equality. As it is written: ‘Whoever had much did not have more, and whoever had little did not have less.’” — 2 Corinthians 8:13-15

As you were created for life, allow others to also live.


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