A reading from the gospel according to Luke 20:27-40
27 Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus,
28 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.
29 Now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died childless.
30 Then the second
31 and the third married her, and likewise all the seven died childless.
32 Finally the woman also died.
33 Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been married to her.”
34 Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry;
35 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.
36 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.
37 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;
38 and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”
39 Some of the scribes said in reply, “Teacher, you have answered well.”
40 And they no longer dared to ask him anything.
Reflection: New Life
The gospel reading above assures us that there is indeed life after death. Jesus tells us that those who are worthy will be like angels who will no longer die but will become alive as children of God. Wow, what a beautiful day on the resurrection of the dead! In the coming age, God will wipe away every tear from our eyes and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away (Revelation 21:4).
In our new life in heaven, the focus will be our joyful relationship with God and thus there will be no more marriage relationships because everyone will be a brother and sister to each other. In fact, there will be no distinction as to gender or nationality. All will be equal before God.
The promise of a new life with God in eternity gives us hope in this age of confusion and suffering. God is in control of everything. He is indeed the God of the living. In the end, good will triumph over evil. Let our eyes be focused on this coming scenario and not on trivial matters such as husbands and wives in the afterlife.
Marrying and remarrying, like eating and drinking, in this present life maybe an important human activity. Yet Jesus wants us not to lose sight of what is important of all – our relationship with God. Otherwise, we might not be part of those who will rise on the last day.
The vision of eternal life may not be clear to us today. Saint Paul tells us that no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9). However, our faith in the resurrection of the dead is enough for us to live in joy and hope that our problems in life will soon end and that a mansion in heaven is being prepared for us (John 14:2-3).