Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

Inspired by Luke 20:27-38

“And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.  Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”  Luke 20:37-38 (NRSV)

Many people go through life happy to live each day as it comes.  They manage their affairs and prepare for their future, but give very little thought to how things might be disrupted by unexpected change.

Others, however, go through life in constant fear of death.  They live in fear of their own death: what specifically will happen to them once their bodies cease to exhibit the signs of life.  They live in fear of the complications death can cause when it claims someone else: the primary financial support for a family, the primary caregiver of a child or disabled person, the primary emotional support for themselves or a loved one.  Death overshadows every aspect of life, its constant threat combined with its inherent unpredictability intruding on every joyful event or hopeful development.

Yet we need not fear death, because those who die to this life are still under the care and in the presence of God.  There is no death, but only the life to come.  The same God who guides us and sustains us in this life we know is able to guide and sustain us when this life is over.

We don’t know what the next life looks like, but we can trust that those who have gone before us live on not only in our hearts and memories, but in the presence of the Author of Life himself.

Let us pray.  Almighty God, you are the source of all life.  Comfort us with the knowledge that life in you never really ends, that we may enjoy your blessings each day on earth and anticipate the blessings yet to come.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.