22Nd sunday after pentecost — november 10, 2019 – the presbyterian aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma outlook

This entire scene of religious leaders questioning Jesus reveals the aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma radical disconnect between divine perspectives and human ones. We seek vindication. We want clear evidence of God being on our side. We look to Jesus to affirm our righteousness and rightness. Jesus tells us: You are asking the wrong questions for misguided reasons and aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma unhelpful ends. The set-up to this exchange gives away much about the questioners. They ask Jesus, through this convoluted scenario, to speak to a doctrine they explicitly reject. The Sadducees do not care about whose wife this woman aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma will be in the resurrection because they do not believe aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma in the resurrection in the first place. What, then, is their motivation?

Well, what’s ours when we ask a question that is really aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma posed to reveal our (correct) opinions and our (superior) knowledge? Consider for a minute an occasion – a presbytery meeting or classroom, a dinner table conversation or work discussion – when someone asked a question without even the slightest openness aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma to hearing or being moved by the answer. Often the question and the answer were simply the jumping aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma off point for the one asking to pontificate or prove aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma their own point. Sometimes the question and answer were a litmus test, a way to get another on record as being on aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma one side or the other of a hot button issue. (Anyone else remember those examinations of candidates for ordination on aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma the floor of presbytery meetings?) This last question in this series of questions to Jesus aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma in Luke 20 is yet another challenge to Jesus rather aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma than an opportunity for learning and relationship. And yet, Jesus answers genuinely.

Jesus takes the questioners at their word and answers their aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma question. He gets at the issues behind the issue presented. He gets to the heart of the matter, what truly matters. Jesus tells those with ears to hear that what we aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma obsess over in this age does not take center stage aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma in the age to come. He cites Scripture and he grants hope. Those vulnerable and in need of protection in this age aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma will be like angels, children of God, not dead, but raised and with the God of the living, no less than Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God indeed shakes up earthly orders and abides with the aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma poor, hungry and those who weep, the seven-time widow and others for whom questions of daily safety aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma trump queries conjured up with theological word problems.

This story from Luke feels strange to me on so aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma many levels. The levirate law of marriage. Divisions between Sadducees and Pharisees. Debates about resurrection. This age versus the age to come. References to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as evidence that God is the God aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma of the living. Connecting the dots between this ancient exchange and my current aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma reality requires a lot of mental gymnastics, maybe as many as the ones contained in the question aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma posited to Jesus. But here is what I do know from this text: God cares about those tossed back and forth by circumstances aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma beyond their control. Jesus deals in present, painful realities here and now. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob works through complex families and sinful people aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma on earth and not just in heaven. Whether we live or whether we die, we belong to the Lord. Even when we come to Jesus in an attempt to aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma show off our rightness or righteousness, even to test the Lord or out our fellow human aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma beings on one side or the other of a deeply aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma contested line, Jesus responds, pointing us to what truly matters, revealing the heart of the matter and what matters to aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma God.

In this season of heated debates, closed door or public hearings, call out culture and endless testing of ideological purity, this odd and old exchange between Jesus and those who aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma ask him questions could help us navigate our own tumultuous aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma time. This back and forth might offer us a way to aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma respond to one another when tensions are high and trust aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma low. Imagine if we did not trade in conspiracy theories and aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma instead acknowledged our inability to really know another’s motives. Maybe we, like Jesus in this conversation, could honestly, sincerely respond to each other regardless of how the inquiry aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma is presented to us. What if we humbly attempted to get to the heart aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma of the matter and prayerfully pondered what matters to God? Would it be possible to refrain from taking sides and aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma instead seek to stand with Jesus?

The New York Times recently reported on a project that aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma brought 526 voters representing “all of America” together for a weekend to talk about politics, but in an unusual way. No one knew from the onset where others stood. Buzzwords and common political labels were not used. People met and talked in small groups. They shared their experiences on topics like health care and aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma immigration. The point was not to convince others or change minds. And yet, researchers discovered that people were moved, not radically, but in understanding and empathy. One of the political scientists who designed the study characterized aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma the conversations like this:

Jesus, our Incarnate Savior, is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — real people. God’s Word is a living one, not a hypothetical one. We pray for God’s will on earth as it is in heaven, for God to act in this age and the age aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma to come. All of our questions, answers and exchanges ought to reflect this heart of the aneurysmal benign fibrous histiocytoma matter: in life and death we belong to God, not in abstract theory, but in real, lived relationships.

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