Haggai 1.15b — 2.9
In his argument with the Sadducees in today’s Gospel reading, Jesus says:
Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; 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. Indeed they cannot die any more, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.
What does it mean to be a ‘child of the resurrection’? Let me mention two things:
- It means to be a person who even in grief or disappointment lives in hope of the living God.
- It means to be someone whose way of life reflects the new life of Jesus Christ, the risen Lord.
A child of the resurrection is someone whose way of living is marked by the reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. A child of the resurrection is not determined by the past, by its hurts and slights or even by its abuses. A child of the resurrection lives out of the future, God’s future, God’s new world.
A friend of mine, a child of the resurrection, recently wrote:
…we have the power to change the voices and rewrite the patterns and not make ourselves wrong or soiled or not good enough.…we have to have the courage and believe we are worthy.
A child of the resurrection receives the strength to have this courage and belief through the presence of the living Jesus within.