November 21, 2015
Good News for Today
Some religious leaders tried to trick Jesus with a gotcha question about marriage after the Resurrection. Among other things, Jesus responded: “The humans who live by this culture marry and remarry; but those seen fit to enter the coming realm and share the resurrection of the dead don’t marry and are not given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are angel-equals; and they have become the children of God because they are children rising from the dead. That the dead do awake even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called ‘The One In Charge’ the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not a God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” (Luke 20)
“They can no longer die.” Once you realize that the Jewish tradition denies a “soul”—especially an “immortal” one that survives physical death—you can re-appreciate the “now-ness” of this Good News. Suddenly, it is no longer about religion and the distant past, but much more about your current love life, about your present, Living God, and about your faith—alive and living for a living God. It is for you and me less about an “after-life,” much less a “rapture” and “final resurrection”; Jesus is talking about you BEING “alive.”
Alive—and risen—and awake— in this passage—these words are virtually interchangeable. It is not about the sleep of your death from cancer or wounds, but your living awareness now. Are you awake? Have you “turned your life around” to accept the world in its contradictions, awe and mystery? Are you alive to your connectedness with your environment and the people with whom you interact? Do you love your spouse in a living, growing way as deep as death—beyond death? Do you respect—even cherish—the Lives of Others? That’s what this is about—you quasi-angel, Child of a Living God, who gives each moment fresh boundless life to you.