August 9, 2022     1:59 pm
79. Week of Sexagesima Sunday - Monday
God is not the God of the dead, but of the living
          God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.   Mathew 22:32
          On Tuesday, in the temple, our Lord was tried and tempted a great deal by His enemies, the hardened Pharisees and Sadducees. The latter, who said that there is no resurrection, came and asked Him, saying: "Master, Moses said, If a man dies, childless, his brother should marry his widow, and have children for his brother. Now there were  seven brothers among us.  The first married and died,  and since he had no children, he left his widow to his brother. The second did the same, and so did the third and the rest of the seven. Last of all the woman died.  Now when they rise from the dead, which of the seven will be her husband? For they all married her."  "You're wrong," Jesus answered them: "You don't know the Scriptures or the power of God. When the dead rise, men and women don't marry but are like the angels of God in heaven. But about the dead rising - didn't you read what God told you: "I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living." (Matt. 22:23-32.)
          If through faith in your Saviour you are a child of God, so that God is your God and Father, then God will not leave you in death, but raise you from the dead; for He will not be the God and Father of the dead, but of the living. This is what Jesus Christ has taught, and His Word also in many ways and places teaches the resurrection of the dead. In the resurrection, however, there will be neither marrying nor giving in marriage; we shall be no longer subject to the laws and regulations of this terrestrial life, for we shall have spiritual bodies. These the power of God, which is boundless, will give us. So do not let the spiteful drivel of those who know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God confuse you.
          PRAYER: - Grant, O faithful God, that I may be and remain Your child through faith in my Lord and Saviour, depart this life in blessed peace, holding fast to Your grace, rest in my grave under Your protection, rise by Your power, and thereupon inherit the blessed hope, eternal life, for the sake of Your dear Son Jesus Christ, to whom, with You and the Holy Spirit, be praise, honour, and glory, now and evermore. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     1:59 pm