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Tomorrow, Ever New

God is not the God of the dead but of the living. All are alive for Him
II Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14; Psalm 17:1,5-6,8,15; II Thessalonians 2:16-3:5; Luke 20:27-38

Sermon Week Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 20:38

There will be a new tomorrow
There will be a brighter day
There will be a new tomorrow
Love will find a way

These lines are from a popular song of the 60s. This concern for tomorrow is also expressed in a Broadway Play of the time. In it, a young man drops out of school and is estranged from his parents as he struggles with addiction. Out of the depths of what he sees as a hopeless situation, he cries out, "How I wish life were like a notebook so you could tear out the part where you've made all the mistakes and start over with a page that is fresh and clean."

Today, young people the world over are beginning to express real concern for this new tomorrow, this new chance, this new opportunity. From the plague of gun violence to the existential threat of global warming, the ever-growing awareness and activism of today's youth should provide a ray of hope for the rest of us. Indeed, for all of us, there comes a time when we long for a new start, a new page, a new opportunity, a new tomorrow. The question is: Will Love find a way?

One of the fantastic things about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that God's Love does find a way. Nothing we have done in life prevents God from giving us a new tomorrow. No mistake, no wrong decision, no wrongful act of any kind can defeat God's Will to forgive. Nothing we do can bind us irrevocably to the past because God is always here to show us the way to a new life in a new tomorrow -- sometimes in the most surprising and wondrous ways.

Charles Raven, a prominent Scripture scholar who has written many books on the New Testament, has given us this beautiful personal statement of what happened to him when his wife, whom he deeply loved, died. He said, "I suppose the most wonderful moment that has ever come to me was the morning after my greatest grief. I had spent [...]

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