Posted by: frburke23 | September 20, 2014

Thought for Saturday, 24th Week in Ordinary Time

1 CORinthians 15:35-37, 42-49

Brothers and sisters:
Someone may say, “How are the dead raised?
With what kind of body will they come back?”

You fool!
What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies.
And what you sow is not the body that is to be
but a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind.

So also is the resurrection of the dead.
It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible.
It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious.
It is sown weak; it is raised powerful.
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual one.

So, too, it is written,
“The first man, Adam, became a living being,”
the last Adam a life-giving spirit.
But the spiritual was not first;
rather the natural and then the spiritual.
The first man was from the earth, earthly;
the second man, from heaven.
As was the earthly one, so also are the earthly,
and as is the heavenly one, so also are the heavenly.
Just as we have borne the image of the earthly one,
we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one.


In today’s first reading, St. Paul continues to teach the Corinthians about the resurrection.  Like a grain of wheat, the physical body must die in order to be brought to new and eternal life.  Jesus came in the flesh, walked our walk, talked our talk, died our death and then rose to everlasting life.  “Just as we have borne the image of the earthly one, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one.”

Our hope lies in the fact that Jesus became one of us so that we can live with Him for all eternity in heaven.  In order get to heaven, we first must die a physical death.

At the same time, while on earth we are called to die to ourselves and live for Christ daily so that we bear His image and become holy.  What does it mean for us to die to ourselves?  It means dying to our selfish desires and living for God and others.  It means doing the will of God, even if it was not part of our plan.  It means forgiving someone who has hurt us rather than holding a grudge.  It means humbling ourselves for the sake of Christ.  I’m sure you can think of other examples of dying to yourself.

Take time today to sacrifice a selfish desire in order to love someone else.

Give some time to someone who is in need today.

Do something kind for someone today without expecting anything in return.

God bless,

Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

1 CORINTIOS 15:35-37, 42-49
Hermanos y hermanas:
Alguien puede decir, “¿Cómo resucitan los muertos?
¿Con qué clase de cuerpo vuelven? ”

Lo que siembras no cobra vida a menos que muera.
Y lo que siembras no es el cuerpo que ha de ser
sino un simple grano de trigo, tal vez, o de algún otro tipo.

Así también es la resurrección de los muertos.
Se siembra corruptible; se resucita incorruptible.
Se siembra en deshonra; se resucita glorioso.
Se siembra débil; se resucita poderoso.
Se siembra un cuerpo natural; se resucita un cuerpo espiritual.
Si hay un cuerpo natural, también hay uno espiritual.

Así, también, está escrito,
“El primer hombre, Adán, se convirtió en un ser viviente”
el último Adán, espíritu que da vida.
Pero el espiritual no era el primero;
Más bien el natural y luego el espiritual.
El primer hombre era de la tierra, terrenal;
el segundo hombre, del cielo.
Como era el terrenal, así también son los terrenales,
y como es el celestial, así también son los celestiales.
Así como hemos traído la imagen del terrenal,
También traeremos la imagen del celestial.

En la primera lectura de hoy, San Pablo continúa enseñando a los Corintios acerca de la resurrección. Como un grano de trigo, el cuerpo físico debe morir para ser traído a la vida nueva y eterna. Jesús vino en la carne, camino nuestro caminar, habló nuestra charla, murió nuestra muerte y luego se levantó a la vida eterna. “Así como hemos traído la imagen del terrenal, también traeremos la imagen del celestial.”

Nuestra esperanza está en el hecho de que Jesús se hizo uno de nosotros para que podamos vivir con Él por toda la eternidad en el cielo. Para llegar al cielo, primero debemos morir una muerte física.

Al mismo tiempo, mientras que en la tierra somos llamados a morir nosotros mismos y vivir para Cristo diariamente para que llevemos su imagen y lleguemos a ser santos. ¿Qué significa para nosotros morir a nosotros mismos? Significa morir a nuestros deseos egoístas y vivir para Dios y los demás. Significa hacer la voluntad de Dios, incluso si no era parte de nuestro plan. Significa perdonar a alguien que nos ha lastimado en lugar de guardar rencor. Significa humillarnos por amor a Cristo. Estoy seguro que puedes pensar en otros ejemplos de morir a sí mismo.

Toma tiempo hoy para sacrificar un deseo egoísta con el fin de amar a alguien más.
Dale un poco de tiempo a alguien que está en necesidad hoy.
Haz algo bueno hoy por alguien sin esperar nada a cambio.

Dios los bendiga,

Fr. Burke



  1. Father Burke, I tried to comment yesterday, but the website refused to except my message. Kept shutting off and closing. We loss Jerry Dunne this past week, he is from the Oak Park, IL Dunne family. My brother Christopher True married Susan Dunne True both from Elmhurst, IL – Visitation Parish. I.C.H.S. – graduates The readings ring true for me especially now. My brother died in 2007 and this week Jerry died. With faith in the Holy Trinity, God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit we remain alive through this life and then go to HEAVEN. I have heard of the land of the living and wonder what it will be like to see our loved ones once again. But for now they are alive in my memories, thoughts, and prayers. Dear Father Burke thank-you for your continued work as a Priest serving the Diocese of Joliet. Today it was announced we have a new Bishop in Chicago, IL replacing Cardinal George. I remember visiting Cardinal George at Loyola University Medical Center. I did not recognize him, but we prayed together, and I went on my way. A week later I saw his face on TV, then and only then realized I was in Cardinal George’s hospital room early the previous Sunday speaking with him in person. Just a little story I will keep with me for my life. I must go to work now. God-bless, and may the Peace of Christ guide your path each and every day. Peace, Douglas True

  2. Thanks Fr. Burke…

    Pondering if I did this today???

    Give some time to someone who is in need today.

    Baseball son had tryouts last week @ the college he is attending…He heard back last night that he was their top prospect….He didn’t make the team…but they want him to join the Club Team and that they will continue to watch Him there……Long Story Short——So your question give some time to someone who is in need today…..Pitching to him ball, after ball, after ball,….Running after ball, after ball, after ball, for a couple of hours…..Will this do? He doesn’t give up easy. He also put a physical days work in before this.

    Was a tad bumbed last night after hearing the news….but Mom hearing him say today, that, at time you have to have tough-skin….

    Keep Him in your prayers.

    Been Blessed,

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