It is interesting that when Jesus spoke of God in our gospel reading today, he called him the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob and then he emphatically “He is God of the living and not of the dead.”  Jesus is affirming a truth that is relevant for our age.  He is saying that there is more to life than what we are experiencing here.  There is eternal life.  People don’t just die.  People live forever. The interesting thing to note here is that the way we would live forever is determined by the decisions we made here on earth.  There’s a beautiful prayer in our liturgy for the dead, yet it is also a disturbing prayer.  It says:  “Lord, in you life is changed not ended.”  There is the hope of heaven and the possibility of hell and both of them lies in our decision whether to come surrender fully under Christ or not.  In our age today, we tend to limit ourselves with what we could see, hear, smell, taste, touch and feel.  We are too empirical in our understanding that it starves our souls.  We are living in a materialistic age that tries to hide the reality of death and of the afterlife.  Yet Jesus’ message of resurrection is relevant.  He makes us see that he has set eternity within our hearts.  I remember a story about a man in Sydney who would always write the words “Eternity” in chalk around the harbour area.  He kept proclaiming the message:  “Eternity.”  There is more to us than our work and the way we fix our hair.  We have eternity within our hearts and this eternity within us calls us to a relationship with the Eternal One.  We could quench this desire.  We, even as Christians, live as though we are forever here on earth.  We could lose sight of heaven but Jesus in the gospel for today reminds us of what we’ve forgotten.  Eternity.

Prayer:
God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob; God of the living and not of the dead, who has set eternity in my heart—I ask you to take my eyes off earthly things and give me a heavenly perspective.  Amen.

Challenge:
Have you been too attached here on earth?  How is God calling you to awaken eternity within your heart?