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The good news for the day June 1

Wednesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time (355)

In replying to a “gotcha” question about resurrection—the man who had to marry all his dead brothers’ wives—Jesus concludes with a significant remark: “As for the dead being resurrected, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the episode about the bush, how God told him, I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not a God of those who have died but of the living. You have wandered far off the path.” (Mark 12)

The “Life” that Jesus emphasizes is not the body of time you have on earth—from first breath-taking to your last one. The “Life” of which Jesus speaks is different, a RE-birth into an entirely different (“holy”) outlook.

If you live it, you know it; if you do not know what this is all about, there is no way to teach you. It is a gift of God’s Spirit—like your first birth. It is a mystery—of what happens tomorrow, and the fact that yesterday—in some way—still exists. This is not philosophy, science, education, or experience at all—but something altogether different—a mystery of creation itself.

Although you and I live within time—within “time-space,” we might say today—there exists a timelessness in which Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are alive. In this “life-realm,” everyone IS alive. God the Creator sees all time, and from that perspective, each is alive “now.”

The importance for you—the Good News—is that “resurrection” is unimportant. In this realm of what is right—this “kingdom of God”—your current moment matters. Your love—not some ceremony of marriage—matters. Your care for one another matters—not your education, achievements, triumphs, status, ceremonies, or security. Abraham and Sarah matter—not just as history, but also as faith-full humans. You matter not by the color of your skin, your abilities or disability, what you think you believe—how many of us wander into thinking that they do matter. What matters is now—the appreciation & discovery of “others.”

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