Pondering for Sunday, November 10, 2019

Eucharistic Readings for Sunday of Proper 27 Year C

Job 19:23-27a Psalm 17:1-9 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38

“But [Jesus said], “those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage,  and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection.” (Luke 20:35 – 36)

I have been married most of my life.  I don’t know what it would it would be like to not be partnered with someone.  I was never “given” in marriage like children are is some places but married of my own free will and accord. So to hear Jesus say that that kind of relationship is over in the next life will be different in the “age to come.”  He said, “Those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage.”  Okay, so, I still want it.

In at least two movies I have heard some hero who was about to give his life for the sake of others, say to those he was rallying for a finally fight that he was leading, “Do you want to live forever?”  As I watch the movie I silently respond, “Yes.”  So when I hear Jesus say, “They can no longer die,” it appeals to me very much. Eternal life is what I am looking forward to.  Yes Jesus, I want to be like an angel. And I know that this outcome is not based on my effort nor worth, but rather on your judgment of my heart.  Therefore, I pray you Lord Jesus, “Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that I may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your Holy Name through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.”

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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