Saturday, November 21, 2015

Reflection: Luke 20:27-40

Saturday of the 33rd Week of Ordinary Time – Luke 20:27-40

In this Gospel reading several Sadducees approach Jesus.  Now the Sadducees did not believe there was a resurrection.  They came to Jesusand asked him: “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If someone’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother.”  Then they gave Jesus the scenario of a family of seven brothers.  The oldest brother married the woman but then he died childless.  In turn, the second brother married her.  However, within a short time he also died.  And then the third brother took the woman as his wife and he also died.  Imagine what this poor woman went through. 

However, the Sadducees were not concerned about the woman.  They simply were trying to trap Jesus.  They asked him: “At the resurrection, whose wife will this woman be?”   Jesus responded to them: “The children of this age marry and remarry.  However, those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.”  Jesus answered their question but he was determined not to get caught in their web.

Life after death is a completely different realm.  We simply do not have the ability to envision it.  It is far beyond us. It definitely will not be like this world.  However, if we live our life in a loving and whole-hearted way, we need not be worried about what is waiting for us on “the other side.”  Truly, love is all that matters!  If we always strive to love and accept one another, we can let go of our worries about our “end.”  Do we trust that?  Do we trust Jesus?

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