32c-living-simply4In the Gospel today (Luke 20:27-38), a group of Sadducees (the only mention in the Gospel of Luke) come to Jesus with a question, involving a bizarre scenario about seven unfortunate brothers and their common childless wife. Although the context of the resurrection of the dead is presumed, Jesus doesn’t complete the argument, leaving it hanging with his declaration that ‘God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.’

It is for this reason that we have been pondering together over the last month (with the interruption last weekend for the National Church Life Survey) concerning this question of how we can live Simply – and learn to practice the art of living with a focus on the essentials. It is because of God’s call to us within creation to embrace the fullness of life with him now – as God of the living – that we can make the focus on the simple and essential.

Recorded at St Paul’s, 7.30am (12 mins 45)
Sunday 32, Year C.