11/6/2022 (Sunday) Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 20:27-38
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 out ‘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.”
11/6/2022 (Sunday) Today’s Gospel Reflection: Luke 20:27-38
In the gospel reading above, Jesus affirmed that there is resurrection of the dead. One day, those who are deemed worthy will live with God in eternity where there will be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain (Revelation 24:4). And of course, where women will no longer be passed on from one man to another like in the Jewish tradition. In heaven, there will be justice and mercy for everyone including women because human institutions like marriage will no longer matter.
Yet even as we await for the coming new world of justice and peace, let us work together for justice and peace in this present world. Let us continue to strive for a world where women are not forced to marry because of tradition or financial reason. Let us continue to seek a new world where political as well as religious leaders are accountable to God and His people, their people for that matter.
Belief in the resurrection is our greatest source of hope. In this world, human authorities under the influence of Satan seem to control everything including life and death. The world’s problems nowadays are enormous. There is war here and there and the threat of a nuclear war hangs over our head. There is injustice everywhere. Brokenness, loneliness, and depression still pervade among many people around the globe.
Yet we believe that God has the last word. He is in control. One day, when all things are subjected to Him, Jesus Himself will also be subjected to Him who put all things in subjection under Him, so that God may be all in all (1 Cor. 15:28). Let us all persistently pray that His kingdom come soon.