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.”
Yesterday it was the Pharisees teaming up with the Herodians, today it’s the Sadducees trying on their own to entrap Jesus. Sadducees of course don’t believe in the Resurrection of the body. Jesus tells us today that in Heaven there is no marriage. For some of you this will come as a great joy. For others like myself, I am saddened that I won’t have a wife in Heaven like here on Earth and in this life. The reality of Heaven is that we will be in a perfect communion with God. This transcends anything we have in this life. The closest imperfect approximation I can come up with would be marriage. As one of my boys once said when he was in second grade, “God is the best person I know, He gives us all that we need”. If we are in Heaven, nothing can come close to God, not even a spouse. We simply need to help our spouses and pray for them and love them here on Earth in this life so that they can spend eternity in Heaven with God. They likewise should be doing the same for you. This is what love really is. Helping one another to live out what God has called us to do.
Just as Jesus warned the never happy Sadducees about being greatly misled on their thoughts on marriage and Heaven, we should be stick to listening to Jesus instead of those so called experts about what love and marriage really is. Too many people are “greatly misled” these days by their own ambitions, their own desires, and of the temptation of the devil. Love is trying to lead souls to Christ in a charitable way, not doing what you want to do because it feels good and is comfortable.
Thought for the day: How do I help lead my spouse to Christ? How does my spouse lead me to Christ? What is my overall goal in life? To do what I want or what God wants of me? Do I serve myself or do I serve God?