Sunday’s Gospel lesson is yet another tricky passage. This time, the trouble seems to come from two angles. First, there is the deal about levirate marriage, which is a very practical concern in 1st century Palestine, but not so much for us. Second, a more pertinent to modern Christianity, is the deal with tenses. Which reminds of a Facebook joke:
Past, Present and Future walk into a bar.
It was tense.
There is all sorts of future looking stuff being talked about by the Sadducees and Jesus, and yet, Jesus seems obsessed with the present. What struck me this morning is the bit about being “children of the resurrection,” as it seems to read as though one could obtain that status in that moment while a) Jesus was still alive, that is to say, had not endured the cross and been resurrected on the third day and b) said person was also very much alive.
Being a child of the resurrection, then, isn’t about some future time when Jesus will come fix it all, but instead it is about living in the Kingdom today. It is about living a life “worth of a place in that age” right here and right now. It is about living in to the Collect for Proper 27 today and every day.
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.