1989 Nov 12 – 32nd sun Ord Time (Bulletin Letters)
Lk 20, 27 – 38
“GOD IS NOT THE GOD OF THE DEAD BUT OF THE LIVING. ALL ARE ALIVE FOR. GOD.” Lk. 20/38. The concept of the Resurrection from the dead came late to the Bible. The books. are nearly closed on the Old Testament when it first emerges in Jewish consciousness. By the time of Jesus, it had become a hotly disputed issue between the Pharisees arid the Sadducees. The Pharisees believed in the afterlife and the Sadducees did not. The Sadducees were the most powerful religious body in Israel. Smaller in number than the Pharisees, this elite body were the ruling religious and secular authority .in Jerusalem and the keepers of the Temple. It was the Sadducees who actually plotted to do away with Jesus. They were responsible for his capture and trial. .
In today’s Gospel from Luke, Jesus is in Jerusalem teaching in the Temple. The Sadducees devise a clever question to ridicule the belief in Resurrection. Jesus sees through their charade and sets the record straight, “those judged worthy of a place in the age to come and of Resurrection from the dead” are not bound to any earthly obligations. Like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob before them, Jesus says: the just who die in good faith are in God’s hands. The faithful need not concern themselves with ‘ how’ the afterlife works; only that it does exist. Jesus reasons, “God is not the God of the dead but of the living. All are alive for God.”
Jesus answers well. We have no need to know how Resurrection works nor what the afterlife will be like. All we need do is put our faith in the living God and let God take care of the rest. Any talk of heaven that does not lead us to live more faithfully here on earth is at best a waste of time and at worst an excuse for not living faithfully in the here and now.
89 11 12 Pastoral: A JOINT CONFIRMATION: Bishop Bullock has run into some scheduling problems in December and will not be able to be with us on Saturday night December 9th for Confirmation at St. Anne’s. Rather than trying to reschedule a separate St. Anne’s Confirmation sometime after the first of the year we are going to have a joint Confirmation service with Holy Fami1y Parish, Sunday December 10th at 8:30 a.m. The Bishop assured me that this would not be the norm and. that he intends .to make every effort to Confirm in each individual parish in the future.
VISAS DENIED -WHAT IS THE PRESIDENT AFRAID OF’? The Bush administration denied visas to Marta Valla and Lillian Torres of Nicaragua this month. As a result they were unable to make their planned “Oats of Peace Tour” here in the USA. Their visas were denied despite letters of protest from many people across the- country including Bishop Bullock and Larry Breheny of the Catholic Council for Social Concerns in Des Moines .The Bush administration is following the lead of the Reagan Administration in denying visas to Nicaraguans who are critical of U.S. policies in Central America while accepting visa requests from Nicaraguans who favor U.S. policies in Central America, especially the backing of the Contras. What is Pres. Bush afraid of? Why does the U.S. Government routinely deny these visas? Aren’t U.S. citizens capable of sorting out the truth for themselves? In a healthy democracy, the citizens themselves should be allowed to judge their government’s policies in a full and open exchange of differing points of view. A healthy democracy is not afraid of criticism. -Yet when it comes to Central America our Government deems it in their own interest to restrict the flow of information to its own citizens. This may be politically expedient for President Bush right now but in- the long run such policies and practices erode the basic integrity of democratic society. Shame on Mr. Bush and shame on us if we allow this to continue.
I want to thank Merle Hanson of the North American Farm Alliance, Sr. Gwen Hennessy of the Catholic Peace Ministry Office in Des Moines and Kerry Cashman of the Nicaraguan Network for coming to Logan and filling in for Marta and Lillian Thursday night. I regret few parishioners were in attendance.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LOMA PANTHERS FOOTBALL TEAM FOR THEIR SUPER SEASON. NEXT YEAR WE’LL WIN IT ALL!!!!