“…and he is not the God of the dead,
but of the living, for to him all are alive.” Luke
We live in a society that pushes. One cup of coffee has turned into
two pots, eight plus hours of sleep has become six, and a 40 hour
work week has turned into sixty. Although we are doing more, are
we actually living less?
As college students, we write over 500 pages of e-mail every year.
I cannot even imagine how many e-mails professionals of all sorts
send each year. Yes, it is true we are communicating, but are we
really talking about and sharing our lives with one another? We
are more in touch with the world around us, but have we lost touch
with ourselves? We try to pack 26.5 hours into a 24-hour day. We
may be living, but how alive are we?
This passage from Luke’s Gospel today was a powerful reminder
to me that I am a creature of God and that he wants and calls me
to live for and within the abundance around me. He wants us all
to the live in abundance of one another, of the beautiful trees
and leaves, in the sunlight, and in the darkness. God is the God
of the living and He calls us into communion with everyone and everything
around us. This gospel passage is deeply connected with the Catholic
Church’s belief in the communion of saints. Although we experience
a mortal death, we are offered the promise of life once again in
Christ. Thus, for God, all are alive.
The First Reading today presents us with the reality of life when
we turn away from God and try to live outside and against His abundance.
The only way to become dead is to reject the life that God so freely
gives. The message of King Antiochus I think is the following: when
we become greedy and try to control our lives and the lives of others
around us, we make ourselves gods and in the process reject the
love of God the Father and the life He gives.
Life is not lived though e-mails, or text messages, but in the beautiful
presence of God and all those we love and those who love us. In
order to be truly alive, we must be truly present to God and others.