In today’s gospel we have the perfect example of the difference between the way we see the world and the way that God sees it. The Sadducees come to Jesus and ask him a question. The Sadducees were a group of Jews who did not believe in the resurrection or an afterlife, so they posed to Jesus one of the questions that they thought proved their case.
In Jewish law, if a man died before he had any children, his brother had to marry his wife and have children so that the original man’s line of inheritance could continue: it was a sort of proxy child to inherit the man’s property.
But the Sadducees could see a flaw in this. They asked Jesus: ‘Master, we have it from Moses in writing, if a man’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child, the man must marry the widow to raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first married a wife and then died leaving no children. The second married the widow, and he too died leaving no children; with the third it was the same, and none of the seven left any children. Last of all the woman herself died. Now at the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be, since she had been married to all seven?’
On the face of it you have to say that the Sadducees had a good case. But Jesus pointed out that God’s ways are not our ways and that heaven shall be a totally new way of living and seeing. We shall not be constrained in the way that we are now: it shall be totally new, something we have never dreamt off nor have we conceived.