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Luke 20:27-38

The Word of God

Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and asked him a question, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her." Jesus said to them, "Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive."

Luke 20:27-38
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    • By answering the exaggerated story of the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection, Jesus points out that the resurrected state is a new creation where we are sharing in the divine life of God. It is different from our present life but a continuation nonetheless of our personalities, as moulded by our present life.
    • To believe in your own personal resurrection is a wonderful gift in this life. It gives meaning to all that makes up your life. It is expressed also in our prayers that we offer for the repose of the souls of all those who have gone before us, which gets great emphasis during this month of November.
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    • At the doorway of death life is changed, not ended. Jesus himself uses the image of the great banquet where all our yearnings are finally fulfilled and we become fully alive.
    • When we fear that we have “lost” loved ones we must believe that they are not lost. The relationship continues. Spend some time communing with someone you love who has gone before you.
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    • Jesus was being hassled by a trick question from someone who denies the resurrection of the dead.
    • How would I deal with this situation?
    • Do I hear Jesus' strong affirmation of eternal life? How am I moved by it?
    • Jesus is facing a trick question. The Sadducees wanted scorned the idea of rising from the dead. Jesus lifts them from the human tangles in which their theology has trapped them, to a cosmic vision. 'He is God not of the dead but of the living, for to him all are alive.' We are part of that cosmos that transcends space and time, and embraces not merely Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but my parents and all my ancestors to the beginning of creation. In the resurrection we will share the eternal Now of God.
    • It may be that the conundrum of the Sadducees was offered more to confound Jesus than to seek illumination. I think of how the discussion that engages me is for my good or how much is less than helpful to my journey in faith.
    • I pray with compassion for all those whose reason and intelligence is missing the humility to accept the truths that faith uncovers, I give thanks for the intuitions and insights that have been given to me.