This Sunday, when the feast of the Assumption replaced the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Second reading came from St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.
Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man.
Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order: Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him.
After that will come the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, having done away with every sovereignty, authority and power. For he must be king until he has put all his enemies under his feet and the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death, for everything is to be put under his feet.
1 Corinthians 15:20-26
The life beyond death achieved by Christ, shared with Mary, is promised also to us. That life is maybe most clearly seen in its newness in the Resurrection, in the Assumption, life beyond physical death, life beyond the bounds of this world.
But that life can be lived here and now also, within the bounds of this world, as it were. And that life is gifted to us. We can live without fear of death, and live open to the glory of life, human and divine. In our brokenness and frailty, God watches over us and, as we can, calls us out into the more and into glory.
- From what death does the Lord call you to life?
- For what life does the Lord en-grace you and give you glory today?
Angel, Cookham church yard. © 2014, Allen Morris