Reflection on Luke 20:27-38 ~
The poem High Flight by John Magee begins with: “Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth….” Then ends with: “and touched the face of God.” Filled with awe within the silence and sanctity of his flight, he understood that while alive on earth we are spiritually a child of God. Like him we can soar above the cacophony in our own unique ways. Perhaps you can take a few minutes of silence to contemplate and be with our living God in deep humility and wonder so that others can witness the face of God in you.
Moses Adores God in the Burning Bush by James Tissot (full-resolution painting) and more detail at the Jewish Museum website.
Luke 20:27-38 Scripture*
The Question about the Resurrection
27 Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him 28 and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; 30 then the second 31 and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. 32 Finally the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.”
34 Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; 35 but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36 Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. 37 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. 38 Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel and reading this Lectio Divina on Luke 20:27-38 Reflection – Child of God.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
*This site has permission to use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) Bible Luke 20 passage.