But just because I would rather be resurrected in a spiritual form that is not subject to the corruption, dishonor, and weakness of the natural body that I now inhabit doesn’t mean that I am able to operate above the limits of the flesh in this world. I still cling to the frail flesh despite the fact that the psalmist says we have already been rescued from this weakness. If we reflect on the fact that we have already been rescued, we should feel the spiritual presence of God so much a part of us in this world that we won’t fear the death of the natural body or any of the weaknesses that go with it. Reading the Psalms, especially the verses for today, can help keep us focused on our priorities here. Rather than thinking about our weaknesses, we should stay focused on walking in the spiritual presence of God. That is where we find life.
Jesus reinforces this central vocation for God’s people to center ourselves in the spiritual. “Now hear this,” he says. We can enjoy the presence of God and the knowledge and the mysteries of the Kingdom of God here and now in our earthly bodies if we will embrace the word of God. Jesus tells us that we need to be like the rich soil that God’s word feel upon and took root, producing good fruit. We are to be careful that we do not get choked out by anxieties and pleasures of the flesh that distract us from the task of producing good fruit in the Kingdom of God. Nor should we let the word of God fall on rocky ground and not take roots. That seems straightforward enough, but it doesn’t seem to help us with our fear of death; our own and those of our loved ones. We won’t really hear Jesus until we get rid of our fear of death. We have to transcend the natural in favor of the spiritual in order to have eternal life.
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