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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Wednesday of the 9 th Week of Ordinary Time Download This Homily

Tobit 3:1-11, 16-17 ;

 Psalm 25:2-9;

Gospel MK 12:18-27


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."

 

Life after Death


Often we human beings have a tendency to make ourselves the norm and our intelligence the scale to evaluate everything else. Based on our concepts and understandings we pass judgments on others. The Sadducees who approached Jesus were no exception to this general rule. They held their preconceived ideas regarding life and death and they wanted to impose it on others too as the truth and the only truth. The Sadducees were revered religious leaders among the upper class Jews who took pride in their unbiased, clear, scientific thinking. Like some rationalists of our time they wanted to challenge and disprove the “blind religious beliefs” of their era through their astute logical thinking and clever reasoning. The Sadducees, unlike the Pharisees, did not believe in the existence of immortality - whether humans, angels, or evil spirits. Their religion was firmly founded on their experience. Heaven and hell for them were earthly experiences which ended in death. They approached Jesus with a test question that makes the resurrection look ridiculous.


In response to their argument against resurrection and the life hereafter Jesus turns their attention to certain truths they too believed in – the eternity of God. Jesus shows that God is a living God of a living people. The scripture gives proof of it. In Exodus 3:6, God calls himself the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. God was the friend of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob when they lived on the earth. How can the unending love and care of God come to an abrupt end? Their friendship with God could not cease with death. How can the gift of life that God so generously shared with his children be a temporary gift? St Paul quoting from the prophet Isaiah (Is 64:4; 65:17) states: “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1Cor 2:9-10). Jesus made it clear to his contenders that they should not try to apply their limited knowledge upon the unlimited wisdom of God. It is not merely among followers religions that we find blind fanaticism. Lack of openness and haughtiness can be dangerous even if held in the name of science and pure reason.


Dr. Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI


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