Luke 20: 27-40
Some Sadducees, those who say there is
no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question,
"Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man´s brother
dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall
marry the widow and raise up children for his brother.
Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died
childless; then the second and the third married her, and
so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally
the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife
will the woman be? For the seven had married her."
Jesus said to them, "Those who belong to this age
marry and are given in marriage; but those who are
considered worthy of a place in that age and in
the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given
in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are
like angels and are children of God, being children of
the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised
Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where
he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now
he is God not of the dead, but of the
living; for to him all of them are alive." Then
some of the scribes answered, "Teacher, you have spoken well."
For they no longer dared to ask him another question.
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are
the Alpha and the Omega. You have given me life
and offer me eternal life with you. You deserve my
honor, gratitude and love, and yet you never impose yourself
upon me. Thank you for respecting my freedom so that
I can offer myself to you. All that I have
is yours; I return it to you.
Petition: Lord Jesus, help me to be a child
of God, a child of the resurrection.
1. Simple and Constant Conversation: Today we see some
Sadducees asking Christ an important question about heaven. Christ teaches
us that once we are in heaven, things will be
considerably different than they are here on earth. This is
a beautiful example how we can converse with Christ. We
simply need to ask him questions: questions about our faith,
about difficulties we may be having with certain relationships, about
career changes, etc. The answers we receive may not be
what we were expecting or hoping for, but what is
important is that we engage Christ in conversation every day
and that we seek to please him in everything we
do. This open, warm contact with Our Lord is already
a little taste of heaven.
Union with Christ: Christ reminds us that he and the
Father are the God of the living. He gave us
our life; we lost it. He became man, suffered, died
and rose on the third day that we might have
a new life — a life in and with God,
now and for all eternity. Our ultimate marriage will be
in heaven, as we will be one with God as
3. Participation in the
Life of God: When God reveals his mysteries to us,
we participate in his life. God has made us so
we would pursue him, so we would listen to him,
so we would understand him, so we would crave the
things of God. Is not that a mystery unto itself?
We have a God who wants to speak with us
constantly about the things of heaven! This reality, this inestimable
gift, should move us to share with others the Good
Conversation with Christ: Lord
Jesus, through your death and resurrection and my baptism, you
have made me a child of God. Help me to
appreciate more fully this day and what it means to
be a child of God. Grant me the grace to
live in accord with this gift of gifts.
Resolution: Today I will look on all
things as if God were speaking to me in every