32″I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”? He is God not of the dead, but of the living.’ 33And when the crowd heard it, they were astounded at his teaching.
In many ways, we have become numb to violence and death in our society. I have noticed this in my preaching; I can longer remark on every mass shooting, simply because I would be preaching on mass shootings every Sunday. The pain and violence has become so pervasive that I am no longer surprised when I hear of yet another killing, another massacre, another tragedy. Death no longer astounds me.
That must not be so different from the crowd that was listening to Jesus. While being tested by the Sadducees, our Lord makes this astonishing claim: God is God of the living, the presumption being that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob still have life. This astounds the crowd. Like us, the crowd was familiar with death. They saw it every day. What astounds them is life.
As you go through your day, looks for signs of life. Do not be overwhelmed by the numbing magnitude of death. May you look with wonder upon the livings things you see and be astonished at God’s love of all life.
The Rev. Jimmy Abbott