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.
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
2. 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 Jesus is.
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 News.
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 moment.