The lectionary has taken us into teaching that I only hear in funerals. In fact, I don’t think I have heard a sermon on this passage in my life. We do not think about the fate of our bodies, and that in our flesh we shall see God
This is an ancient teaching. Many argue that Job is one of the first books in the Bible that was written, and Job taught that there would be a bodily resurrection. When Jesus argued for the resurrection, which is what the second quote mentions, he quoted the conversion of Moses.
“That with an iron stylus and lead They were engraved in the rock forever! 25″As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. 26″Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God; Job 19:24,25
We tend to put too much theory into the Bible’s passages. Because the anthropologists argued that there was a progression to greater enlightenment, we see the God of Moses as punitive and the God of Christ progressive. This is wrong, for God does not change. He is faithful, unlike our models of God, or our ideologies.
What is significant about this is how masterful are God’s insights into human nature. In the NT era, one religious group in Palestine did not embrace the resurrection as a true doctrine: the Sadducees (cf. Mark 12:18)–that is why they were “sad, you see!” The Sadducees were in charge of the temple. They derived their income from the sacrifices. In a sense, they were the precursors to modern TV evangelists. They had it good! They were the rich aristocracy that ran the place.
Those who have it good in this life don’t often long for the next. The Sadducees illustrate this. The resurrection is a truth especially precious to those who are poor and those who are hopeless. It is precious to those who long for heaven enough that earth holds no sway over them.
This is worth noting. Those who have confidence in their power, and in their life here, have no time for the resurrection. They want do do as they please. Regardless of the consequences.
But the agenda of this world comes from the dust of the earth, as do we. Anything made of dust will fail. It is only in Christ that we will live.
41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; indeed, star differs from star in glory. 42So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. 43It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. 45Thus it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual. 47The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. 49Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven.
50What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
The problem with the people of this world — the article in the Sydney Morning Herald damns the Sydney Anglicans for supporting the “No” vote against gay marriage (good) despite supporting refugees (bad) — is that they think of their desires and their wish for all to have the narrative of progression and end up, like all flesh, broken, defeated and dust.
But the church is eternal. The task of the church in any time is to bring us in and bear witness to Christ. For our efforts are of naught: it is only in Christ that we can be saved.
Come on, people. The first Pope denied Christ. Only one of the Apostles was at the foot of the Cross. If you feel abandoned by your bishops, know it has happened from the start.
The Indefectibility of the Church is, besides being de fide, brilliantly demonstrated by the tragic events, the desertions, the betrayals, the cataclysmic upheavals that have marked her existence since the very start.
Man up, and believe all that the Church believes.
This is not the time – if there ever is a time – to lend legitimacy to unbelief
Embrace Christ. Ignore the agenda of our elite. In the global picture they are as children: they kill souls for their sport. Be not them, be not like them.