As we approach the end of the church year, we are presented with a series of gospel stories that reflect death and the afterlife.
In today's gospel, Jesus is asked by the Sadducees a trick question about a woman who has many husbands on earth. "Whose wife shall she be in heaven?"
Jesus does not answer directly. He says that the question arises because we have no idea of what heaven shall be like. We know nothing of the future reality in store for us.
Why did Jesus not give a full answer instead of a cryptic? We can assume he knew the answer, he came down from heaven.
In this life God wants us to live by faith.
He wants us to trust in him and to believe him whatever he says.
If we want a God who only answers our questions, we shall not find him. If we want a God who makes life easy we shall not find him. God and the christian life is a life of trusting and hoping, with a good dash of waiting thrown in.
We journey on like Cardinal Newman says, Seeing one step ahead at a time. That's enough for us to be able to see where we are going next.