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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Saturday of the 33rd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November 24, 2018

Saturday of the 33rd Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Revelation 11:4-12

 Psalm 144:1-2, 9-1

Gospel LK 20:27-40


Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, 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 but died childless. Then the second and the third married her, and likewise all the seven died childless.  Finally the woman also died.  Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been married to her.” Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry; 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. 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.  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; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”  Some of the scribes said in reply, “Teacher, you have answered well.” And they no longer dared to ask him anything.

 

The Need of Intellectual Humility

 

It is an abiding temptation in life to reduce God to our own image and to think of heaven in such a way that it measures up to the choices and preferences we have made in this world. See the Sadducees’ concept of heaven! They believe in life after death, alright. But the life after death for them is nothing more than a mirror image of their life in this world.


In response, Jesus wants them to be prepared for a God who will not fit in to their measures. He wants them to be prepared for a life that will be totally unlike everything they have bargained for. See how Jesus refers to God as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This means that we cannot reduce God to any single image or concept.  See the figures we venerate as great patriarchs. Well, they are all patriarchs. But the similarity ends there. Otherwise they are poles apart in character. If Abraham was a man of extraordinary faith, Isaac represents what is ordinary and even mediocre. And Jacob is a class apart! He is nothing less than a cheat. But God owns up each of them and becomes a wonderful God to each of them.


The message is that we cannot be people of God and yet insist on our own ways of thinking and value judgments. Any time we insist that the other should agree with us, that others should conform to my ideologies and ways of life, that my beliefs and convictions should be the norms, we are appropriating what duly belongs to God. The greatest act of worship is to let God be what He really is and to let Him have His way with us. To let God be what He is, is to accept mysteries in our life and bow before them. There can be no better model for us in this regard than Mary who said her fiat to the demands of God’s will, not insisting to know the implications of them.


Rev. Dr. George Kulangara CMI


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