Easter 6: You also will live
Easter 6 (May 17, 2020)
“Because I live, you too shall live.” These are the words of Jesus to his disciples (John 14:19). But what does he mean by “live”? “Living”, we all acknowledge, means more than breathing in and out, so we must probe a bit deeper.
To understand the “living” that Jesus is talking about, we consider Paul’s trip to Athens (Acts 17). In Athens, the ancient city of philosophy and beautiful temples, Paul encounters many other answers to this profound question. Paul puts forward another idea and for this, he will be taken to the ancient court of ideas — the Areopagus — to defend his own answer. From this platform he puts forward the crucial claim that “living” is grounded in the resurrection of Jesus.