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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Thoughts on Wednesday's Gospel

MK 12:18-27

The Gospel of the Resurrection plays an important part here in Mark after several references to Jesus' passion. Jesus wants us to know that death is not the end, but only the beginning of an entry into a new and glorified life. So important is this, that Jesus tells those who doubt the resurrection "they are greatly mislead".

God is the God of the living, not of the dead. Therefore, not only does this mean that those who are gone from this world are not dead, but alive because God cannot cease to be God - but also that those who worship God must be alive and not dead in their faith. In describing God as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - Jesus is not just saying something about God, he is also saying something about the three patriarchs and all the faithful. Being a child of God requires a doing faith that is willing to journey into the unknown as did Abraham, to be a person of peace as was Isaac, and to even wrestle with angels as did Jacob.


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