Friday, 22 June 2012

Astonishing Friday

Friday retreat.....
Prayer:    Bless us Lord as we read Your Scriptures and seek to do Your work.   Open our eyes to Your Scripture so that we gain wisdom in doing Your will when others ask of us to take a stand for our beliefs.   This we ask in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Read St. Matthew 22: 23 – 33

Yesterday’s  Scripture reading and today’s Scripture reading are all about  a  time of testing.  Next the Sadducees come to Jesus and ask him a question.   And they ask Jesus a question about something they do not believe in.  How weird is that!   They ask Jesus about a woman and her seven husbands and what happens to them all in the resurrection --  who’s wife is she?     But the Sadducees do not believe in the resurrection at all.    So why ask a question about something you do not believe?    The Sadducees ask this question to try and trap Jesus into giving an answer that would be theologically unsound and to be able to bring Jesus up to the attention of the Chief Priests and Court.

How does Jesus respond to their question?  Jesus says that at the resurrection,  everyone is beyond marriage…. we will all be one with God.   God is the God of the living.

The crowd that had gathered were amazed.  But we do not know what the thoughts of the Sadducees.

Prayer:  Great God,  You have called us to be Your Church.  You have called us to work together with our brothers and sisters in sharing a common faith and hope.  Together may we spread the Good News of our Lord and Saviour to those who need Your love and hope this day.   In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

Many blessings!

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