Today’s Gospel: Luke 20:27-40 – Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions
In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus being challenged by the Sadducees about the resurrection of the dead that He preached about. The Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection of the body and so they baited Jesus with a question that seemed impossible to answer without going against Mosaic tradition. But Jesus, again, pierces to the heart of the question and demonstrates how the question itself is flawed. Marriage is for this world, not the next.
But Jesus doesn’t leave it there. Instead He goes on to point out why the resurrection of the body is sound doctrine: because our God is a God of the living not the dead. When Moses encountered God in the burning bush in the book of Exodus, God proclaimed Himself to be “ the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” All of those holy men had died at this point, but God doesn’t say, “I was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” God declares Himself to still be the God of those fathers of faith because they still live. God is a God of the living; of you and of me. He’s not some dusty, ancient, past-tense God. No! He’s a vibrant, living, always-present-tense God whose children will never die!
His Son, Jesus, is the most perfect example of this. Jesus still lives now; this very day. I’m not talking about the Jesus-lives-in-our-hearts kind of life either. When Jesus rose from the dead, He stayed alive. He conquered death and still lives. Not only is is our God a God of the living, He is a living God. Praise be to God!
Lord, You are God of the living. Infuse us with Your life and Your Spirit so that we too may be a living people of God.
Do you live your life as if God is present-tense or past-tense? How can you remind yourself that God is of the living and not of the dead today?
Copyright 2018 Laura Nelson
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