Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary.
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 ‘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.”
Some of the scribes said in reply,
“Teacher, you have answered well.”
And they no longer dared to ask him anything. LK 20:27-40
Today, Jesus is confronted by the Sadducees. Sadducees defined by the Catholic dictionary at Catholic Culture.org says, “A small group in Jewish society, contemporaneous with Christ, who attracted to their ranks rich, educated, and conservative Jews. In religion, they supported only doctrines that they found in written law.” The Sadducees were no longer heard of after the fall of Jerusalem in 70AD. They went strictly by the law, the Pharisees supported oral and unwritten tradition. Jesus spoke out against both. Today’s Gospel isn’t so much about marriage as it is the Sadducees trying to trip up Jesus.
Jesus teaches us today that there will be no marriage in heaven because we will have full attention on God. God has to be our absolute center. If we are looking for our spouse to give us complete joy, any couple married long enough will tell us that we will end up chasing our tail. Jesus must be the center. Jesus orders all things properly. Jesus suffers with us. Jesus forgives us when we hurt Him and others. Jesus prays with us. Jesus protects us from the Devil with Mary. Most importantly, the Gospel message today is “Jesus isn’t just another great Teacher”-Bishop Barron. Jesus is God! His love is more powerful than anything else in the world because He is God and rose from the dead. God becoming Man is a unique Christian belief. THIS IS REVOLUTIONARY! God became one of us so that He could be in an intimate relationship with us. Have you allowed Him into your boat yet?
Today’s challenge: Take time to reflect on whether you really believe God became a Man. Do you live your life like God is the most powerful or you are the most powerful? How often do we hate the feeling of not being in control? This unique belief separates us from everyone else in the world and it brings great hope, even hope to the hopeless!
Be a servant, become a saint! #Christian YOLO