Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 6, 2016
“. . . he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”
There is anxiety in the air these crisp autumn days. Those of us who live in a part of the world with four precipitously contrasting seasons watch the trees lose the leaves that once colorfully decorated their branches and then city streets and open spaces. We reflect on our loved ones whom we remembered on All Souls Day. We grip our seats waiting for the final outcome of what has been a deeply contentious presidential campaign. So much sadness, violence, and uncertainty clutters our news feed—what’s next? How could God possibly take this manifold brokenness and make it whole again?
The Sadducees in the Gospel throw Jesus a similar, seemingly impossible question, to which Jesus responds: God’s ways are not our ways. Are we so tied to our own systems and biases that we have lost trust that our God, who brings new life to the dead, will again break through our limited grasp of world order?
May our song, our prayer, and our ministry be a co-creation with God that allows God’s will for new life to permeate all that we do.
God of the living,
teach us to see your presence in all that surrounds us.
Give us wisdom and courage to accept new life where there once was death,
and shape us to be a people who trust in your abiding love.
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