A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 20:27-38
Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If someone's brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died childless. Then the second and the third married her, and likewise all the seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been married to her." Jesus said to them, "The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called out 'Lord, ' the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.
REFLECTION: "the dead will rise"
The Pharisees believed in the Resurrection and eternal life. The Sadducees did not. The Sadducees doubted this belief so they ask questions with curiosity and disrespect and they trivialize the existence of life after death. The Resurrection is explained to the Sadducees by Jesus. It is a divine gift from God--"the dead will rise."
Our existence is for Eternal Life and we are to look for this versus earthly treasures. May we deepen our relationship with God. God is the source of Life and it is with authentic love and friendship that we may find ourselves in His Holy Presence.
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