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Sunday 10 November 2019: Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

He is not a God of the dead but of the living

The Pharisees and the Saduccees Come to Tempt Jesus.  Public Domain Image from Wikimedia Commons....Jesus points out that there is a unity in God’s designs from the beginning. From the first, God has been the Lord of life, not of death. The unending life we will have, in God – the source and origin of all that we admire and hold dear – will certainly be a new existence, beyond all adequate imagining in this life. But this unimaginable fullness will also be the realisation of all the realistic hopes and longings we have ever known. Life in God will be, not the negation, but the affirmation of all that makes us human – a full human existence, in a new heaven and a new earth. In the Risen Lord, and his teaching concerning the life- giving ‘reign’ of God, we catch a precious glimpse what lies ahead of us.

Devoted spouses will be prompted to ask how what Jesus says affects their marriage union. Properly understood, what Jesus affirms is that they will have all the joy of their most special intimacy, and infinitely more – the immediacy to the reality and life of God that will shape our very existence will bring an intuitive presence in love to all who share in God’s life, a presence that includes and goes far beyond the benefits of the union with their beloved they have known in their married life.

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image source: James Tissot [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons