Gospel of Luke 20:27-40 Reflection:
Today we have another example of the wisdom of Jesus. The Sadducees come to Jesus with a question about a woman whose seven husbands have died and they ask which man shall be her husband in heaven. It is unfair to say that the Sadducees were trying to trick Jesus. For them this would have been a serious question.
Jesus does not answer them in the way that they expected. He tells them that in heaven there is no parallel between the next world and this. We shall not marry in the next world, we shall be in God’s kingdom which is completely new and totally different from here.
This question highlights something that affects all of us: we try to look at the next world through the eyes and ideas of this one. They are not the same.
Here again we run into the limitations of being human and living in space and time. There is so much that shall be new to us: no time, no hunger, no fear, everyone totally equal, no unfulfilled desires and never having to wonder about anything again.
As we come to the last week in the church's year, the readings are full of stories about the next world and judgement. We are presented with the reality of death, but even more than that we are presented with the reality of our own death.
Death and dying is something that we push to the back of our mind; the Christian faith is an adult faith that faces the reality of the world, and dying and judgement are realities that we would do well to think about often.