Thursday, December 4th
Gospel Reading: Luke 20:27-40
27Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him 28and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. 29Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; 30then the second 31and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. 32Finally the woman also died. 33In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.” 34Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; 35but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. 37And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.” 39Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” 40For they no longer dared to ask him another question.
Even as we prepare for the advent, the coming to life of Jesus, we also look to matters of life after death. Jesus’ teaching here can serve to remind of us of the full cycle of the wheel of life. Jesus is convinced of the resurrection…which is both already at play and will come to a more full fruition in his own life after death.
Questions for reflection
As you prepare for the Coming of Chris and for the Christmas season, what “raised to life” people find a place in your heart and mind? How will you honor their presence in your life during this season?