Friday, 22 November 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013 - If you were told that your life after death would be determined by the life you live now, what changes would you make in this life?

To read the texts click on the texts: 1 Macc 6:1-13; Lk 20:27-40
The Sadducees were a group of Jews who did not believe in the resurrection. The question they ask Jesus assumes the practice of Levirate marriage, where according to Deut 25:5, the brother of a deceased man was to take his brother’s widow as his wife. The Sadducees extend the situation to the point of ridicule by speaking of seven brothers who marry the same woman. The question is whose wife she would be in the resurrection. While in Mark, Jesus first rebukes the Sadducees, in Luke he begins to teach them immediately. Jesus’ response is that life in the resurrection will not simply be a continuation of the life, as we know it now.

In the second part of his response, Jesus calls the attention of the Sadducees to the familiar story of the burning bush, in which the point is that God is not God of the dead but of the living.

Jesus’ words on life after death reveal a God who created human life and has also provided for life after death for those who have cultivated the capacity to respond to God’s love. The biblical teaching is that life comes from God. There is nothing in or of the human being that is naturally or inherently immortal. If there is life beyond death, it is God’s gift to those who have accepted God’s love and entered into relationship with God in this life: They “are children of God, being children of the resurrection”. Our responsibility to the privilege of life that God has given us is to live every moment as fully as we can without having regrets about what could have been or obsession with what will be.


  1. Is it proper to quote this passage to those who say that Mary is dead and there is no use in praying to a dead person for her intercession.

  2. The Miracle at Cana is a very powerful example of Mary's intercession. Also at the foot of the Cross in John, when Jesus 'founds' the Church, it is Mary who is present. However, it may not be necessary to try to convince those who for whatever reason do not want to be convinced. For those who believe no proof is necessary, for those who do not no proof is sufficient.


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