Sunday, November 6, 2016
Reflection: Luke 20:27-38
Sunday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time - Luke 20:27-38
Today a few Sadducees approached Jesus and inquired: “Master, Moses prescribed that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife no child the brother should marry the widow. By doing this he would “raise posterity to his brother.” The Sadducees posed another scenario to Jesus: “There were seven brothers. The oldest brother married and he died childless. The second brother married his widow, then the third, et cetera. All seven of the brothers died, leaving the widow childless. Eventually the widow also died.”
At this point the Sadducees asked Jesus: “At the resurrection of the dead, whose wife will this woman be?” Naturally the men were trying to trap Jesus. Jesus realized what they were doing and looked directly at them and said, “The children of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those judged worthy of a place in the age to come and of resurrection from the dead do not. Rather they become like angels and are no longer liable to death. Jesus then spoke of Moses and several passages from The Book of Exodus that said the dead will rise again. However, the Sadducees were determined to establish that their theological position was the correct one. They were trying to discount Jesus and his teaching and hoped to make themselves look superior in the eyes of the people.
On occasion, we likewise go about as the Sadducees did. Have you ever hoped that somebody you didn't care for would be humiliated or ruined? I speculate that now and again we have enjoyed these moments. How frivolous we people can be! However, on occasion, we additionally likely have been humiliated in an open gathering and we didn't care for what transpired!
Today be mindful and thoughtful about your attitudes, words, and actions! Often, “what goes around comes around.” Strive not to judge anyone today. If we choose to do this, our relationships will be healthier and we possibly will like ourselves better. “Do not judge, lest you be judged!”