(Mk 12: 18-27)
Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection,
came to Jesus and put this question to him, 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 and died, leaving no descendants.
So the second brother married her and died, leaving no descendants,
and the third likewise.
And the seven left no descendants.
Last of all the woman also died.
At the resurrection when they arise whose wife will she be?
For all seven had been married to her.”
Jesus said to them, “Are you not misled
because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?
When they rise from the dead,
they neither marry nor are given in marriage,
but they are like the angels in heaven.
As for the dead being raised,
have you not read in the Book of Moses,
in the passage about the bush, how God told him,
I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob?
He is not God of the dead but of the living.
You are greatly misled.”
The realities of the life to come are vastly different from that of the present age. That is why no one can talk about it better than He who is the author of such life. No wonder the opponents of Jesus have it all wrong. They judge the future with their present observation and experience. Even in the religious sphere, it is not the Words of God which is the norm but their own way of seeing things and their own judgment of them. And so, no consensus could either be achieved. Jesus bring the truth of heaven here on earth. But the people of the earth were adamant to hold on to their earthly truth.
It takes a humble heart to learn from others. It might be difficult to let go of the things we hold dear but the secret of being renewed is when we render ourselves obsolete every day. There is always a new possibility. Truth come to us with freshness and new ways of seeing it everyday. We need not know ourselves to only one of the many. We can also enrich our understanding by considering new information revealed along the way. Thus our appreciation of the truth progresses and grows deeper in time.
Daily Gospel 2017
Almighty God, You created us and gave us the enrich life with your grace. You want us to be happy in this life and in the next. But at times, we seem wanting to come to the death with our own destructive way of living through excessive eating, excessive play, waste of health, running after fame. Lord, you died and have been risen so that our humanity may live eternally with You.
Please let us always look at the Cross every day so that we can correct bad habits, to give up the occasions of sin that separate us from God. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Son of Father, our Lord. Amen.