NOVEMBER 20, 2010- SATURDAY OF 33rd WEEK ; REV. 11:4-12 ; LUKE 20:17-40

 

HE IS NOT THE GOD OF THE DEAD BUT OF THE LIVING.Both of todayís readings make, from distinctly different perspectives, the same point: our God is the source of life. He is also its goal; we are made to share the very life of our Creator. To be united with him is truly to live. As Jesus puts matters in todayís Gospel passage: ďto Him all are alive.Ē True life, in fact, consists, at the deepest level, in being known by God, and in accepting to acknowledge Him for the infinite One He is. This acceptance is at once a consent and a recognition; it provides more than knowledge but establishes a relationship, as our Lordís words here imply when he states that it is to God that we are alive. We stand in a particular, enhanced bonded union with Him to whom we come to belong by the very act of willingly acknowledging Him as the author of life, submitting our whole self to Him. This movement into God is what gives meaning and purpose to our existence in time here on earth. All the activities we engage in, all our choices and plans are truly useful and deserving to the extent that they contribute to this one end for which we have been created and are being preserved in existence in this world. This preparation for a new and higher life to be lived in another world order is operative at a fundamental level in every human life. Consciously or unconsciously, we already are preparing for a life that is eternal, by the daily choices we make and by the web of relations we weave in our dealings with the persons we daily encounter. This view of life pervades the New Testament with a force of clarity that shines retrospectively upon the events and reflections that fill the pages of the Bible written without knowledge of the Incarnation of the Word of God while foretelling his future advent in our world of time.

 

The text of the Apocalypse, in a more vivid and dramatic manner, also presents us with a scene reminding us that we are destined for another life and that, provided we witness to Godís revelation in his Son, we will be raised to be in His company after a period of rejection and suffering. Although the form it takes for most of us is more hidden and much less dramatically overt than the two witnesses who are put to death by the beast who opposes Godís elect.

Faith and hope in God and in accepting Jesus as our Risen Savior we already take on something of the life of eternity even now. To the extent that we enter into communion with Jesus in this Eucharist, and accept his words telling us that our God is the God of the living, this life-giving God transforms our very self. He renders us capable of sharing in his life by increasing within us the presence of the Holy Spirit who first entered into our soul at baptism. That is the meaning of our hearing these word today and offering this sacrament in which we partake of the very life- giving body and blood of the Son of God. May each of us respond to this fresh and new life from the deep place of our heart so that we live, no longer for our self alone, but for the glory and honor of the Whole Christ. Amen.&†† ††


Abbot John Eudes Bamberger

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