Arulvakku

07.11.10 GOD OF THE LIVING

Posted under Reflections on November 7th, 2010 by

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to him, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, ‘If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother.’ Now there were seven brothers;…

Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise…(Lk 20: 27-38)

 

 

Jesus has raised the dead. At least three of them were raised to life: The only daughter of Jairus; the only son of the widow from Nain; and the only brother of Mary and Martha. Surely the Sadducees would have heard of these events. People have witnessed these events. How could the Sadducees ask such a question. However these are not the resurrection in the full sense. Today’s story is only to present Jesus’ view on resurrection.

 

The Jews believed in the resurrection with the idea that God would create a new heaven and a new earth and the people of Israel (even the whole of creation) would be raised. This was nothing to do with the idea of the ‘life after death’ ( a no-bodily state in which people existed in some form or another).

 

To argue on this the Sadducees invented stories of the sort we have read. Jesus, in trying to answer this question, makes two basic points. First, the resurrection life will not be like the present one. Relations will be irrelevant. After resurrection the people will living a deathless, immortal state of life (like angels). God is described as God of the living (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob). The Patriarchs are alive to God.  

 

06.11.10 FAITHFUL

Posted under Reflections on November 7th, 2010 by

I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones. If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth? If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another, who will give you what is yours? No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all these things and sneered at him. And he said to them, “You justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts; for what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God. (Lk 16:9-15)

 

 

Wealth is a killer. All the scandals and all the murders and all the fights are due to wealth. We do not know when a gift becomes a bribe. Can we make use of the money for the charity for business? Can we make money out of the donations received?

 

This passage contains some of Jesus’ strongest and most explicit warnings about the dangers of wealth. Money is not a possession.   It is a trust. God has entrusted money to people to use it for God’s glory and for the service of his people and not for private possession.

 

Money also points us to the true wealth which is in heaven.  We should not be torn between two masters. The Jews in general and Pharisees in particular believed that wealth was God’s blessing. Jesus says that God’s thinking is different from man’s understanding of things. When we think of money, property etc we take a step away from being truly human. The challenge is to be faithful:

                                    Faithful in use of money

                                    Faithful to god rather than money

                                    Faithful in our hearts and not in the outward appearances

                                    Faithful to the kingdom.

                                      

 

1 2,371 2,372 2,373 2,374 2,375 2,528