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The good news for the day November 6

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (156)

Some Sadducees, a religious party of men who deny resurrection, approached Jesus with a question about marriage meant to trap him. Jesus said to them, though, “The children of this sphere and time marry and remarry; but those deemed worthy to attain to the on-coming age and the resurrection of the dead do not marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like messengers of God; they are the children of God because they are the ones who will arise.  That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called out ‘Lord,’ the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive. (Luke 20)

Jesus came to remind us who and what  “God” is like—Fatherly. Over the millennia and the millions of people, understanding of God keeps dissolving, twisting, and shaping itself into what people want God to be like. Many Christians have accepted a Greek idea of God—Absolute, Emotionless, “out there,” and—someone people pray “at” instead of “to.”

To God, Abraham and Sarah are alive.now. To Our Father, you are both saint and sinner, married and unmarried, male and female. Actually, to God, these aspects are not important—not as important as people think. How you respond to creation—how you love and forgive, how you believe—as trust—in others, how you accept God as free—and contradictory (because you are human, but God is not). God is God of the wordless world, the sphere of silence and beauty, awe and repentance, and sees how you are humble before the vastness of time and space.

God is the God of the living—dynamic and involved, caring and quiet, a “thou” and not an “it.”  You rising life, your growing more alive, your commitment to uncomfortable truth, to God as Person, as “you” and as Somebody as real as your child, your spouse, your friend—or your father.

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