Some Sadducees arrived. These people claim that there is no resurrection and they asked Jesus this question, «Master, in the Scripture Moses told us: ‘If anyone dies leaving a wife but no children, his brother must take the wife, and the child to be born will be regarded as the child of the deceased man’. Now, there were seven brothers; the first married a wife, but he died without children; and the second and the third took the wife; in fact all seven died leaving no children. Last of all the woman died. On the day of the resurrection, to which of them will the woman be wife? For the seven had her as wife».
And Jesus replied, «Taking husband or wife is proper to people of this world, but for those who are considered worthy of the world to come and of resurrection from the dead, there is no more marriage. Besides, they cannot die for they are like the angels. They too are sons and daughters of God because they are born of the resurrection. Yes, the dead will be raised, and even Moses implied it in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. For He is God of the living and not of the dead, and for him all are alive».
Some teachers of the Law then agreed with Jesus, «Master, you have spoken well». They didn't dare to ask him anything else.
Very often I discourage people to look at heaven and all the rewards that God has promised to us, including the resurrection. Though it is our hope and the root of our faith, the present life and the way I live this is more important to me. It is important to me, because, it is what I can do and asked to do. What comes after is fully of divine mercy and generosity. Very often we waste our time either counting the good we have done, or the evil committed in our present or past days. Where, this work is entrusted to God’s Angel. However, it’s good to listen to Jesus and learn from Him of divine mysteries and the truth about after-life.
Jesus shows us the difference between the world we live in and the world to come. The world to come is totally different from this world, and we cannot understand everything. Yet Jesus tells us that we will understand it later. He tells us that the resurrection is not a dream or a utopia, but that it will be a reality.
He reveals that in the world to come we will be able to live as angels of the Lord, praising God, for all eternity. In this world we are so connected to God that everything will depend on him, including our needs. As God cares for the angels in heaven, so he will care for us. A life totally lived for God on earth, God will raise it, like the angels, to heaven.
Action of the day: Live in the present.
«For He is God of the living and not of the dead, and for him all are alive»
Fr. Ramon CORTS i Blay
Today, God's word deals with the outstanding matter of the resurrection from the dead. It is peculiar that, as the Sadducees did, we keep on asking useless and pointless questions. We try to explain the substance of afterlife with world criteria, when in the world to come everything is different: «But for those who are considered worthy of the world to come and of resurrection from the dead, there is no more marriage» (Lk 20:35). Setting off from wrong criteria leads you to wrong conclusions.
Should we love each other more and better, we would not be surprised to see that, in Heaven, there is not the exclusive kind of love we have down here, otherwise normal for us because of our limited intelligence, but which makes it very difficult for us to get away from our closer circles. In Heaven we shall all love each other with a pure heart, without any feelings of envy or distrust, and, not only husband and wife, our sons or those or our own blood, but everybody, without exception nor language country, race or culture discriminations, for «true love attains a great strength» (St. Paulinus of Nola).
These words of the Scripture coming out of Jesus' lips are very convenient for us. They indeed are, for, it could happen to us that, in the maelstrom of our daily chores that do not allow us any time to think, and influenced by an environmental culture that denies eternal life, we should be doubtful with regards to the resurrection of the dead. Yes, it is very convenient that the same Lord tells us there will be a future beyond the destruction of our body and of this passing world: «Yes, the dead will be raised, and even Moses implied it in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. For He is God of the living and not of the dead, and for him all are alive» (Lk 20:37-38).