A Message from Pastor Kaji

April 27th,2023 Categories: Weekly Letter

Dear Church,

I was so touched by the powerful Spirit of our worship last Sunday. We also had the great privilege of memorializing beloved Santos Morales, Rev. Maria Lopez’s dearly departed saint of a brother. God did a lot of work in the church last week.

This week, we turn back to the Gospels with a fiery text from Matthew about the afterlife. I’ll be using a metaphor from technology to help us to dig into what I think Jesus is getting at in this condemnatory text. Worship promises to be powerful, indeed!

I can’t wait to see you in church.

Pax Christi,
Pastor Kaji

Scripture: Matthew 22:23-33 (Year A, p. 310):

23 The same day [that Jesus taught about taxes] some Sadducees came to him, saying there is no resurrection; and they questioned him, saying, 24 “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies without having children, his brother shall marry the [widow] woman, and raise up offspring for his brother.’ 25 Now there were seven brothers among us; the first married, and without having offspring, leaving the woman to his brother. 26 The same for the second, and the third, to the seventh. 27 After everything the woman died. 28 In the resurrection, then, for which of the seven will she be wife? For they all had her.”

29 Jesus answered them, “You all are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, rather they are like angels in heaven. 31 And about the resurrection of the dead, have you all not read what was said to you by God, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is God not of the dead, but of the living.” 33 And when the crowd heard it, they were astounded at his teaching.