Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that ‘if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother.’ There were seven brothers; the first married and, when he died, left no children; and the second married her and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; none of the seven left children. Last of all the woman herself died. In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had married her.”
Jesus said to them, “Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.”
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The lofty Sadducees who essentially only believe what they can see and do not believe in the resurrection and life after death cleverly attempt to ensnare Jesus into denying his own teaching and scripture. Jesus turns the tables by using scripture as proof of a living God and offering a vision of heaven that is beyond our own.
Our culture encourage us to become the Ultimate by satisfying all our material and sensual desires in the here and now. Ignatian spirituality challenges us to find God in all things. Fall in love with the loving God who is active in creation, others, all things and us. By deepening our relationship with God, we experience a transforming journey beyond the here and now toward much more than we could ever imagine.
Where do we find the living God active in our life? Where is God accompanying us?
—Jim Sweany is a Spiritual Director in the Ignatian tradition. He is associated with the Chicago Region Ignatian Volunteer Corps as a Spiritual Animator, reflector and Advisory Board Chair. He also directs the Spiritual Exercises for the SEEL program at Loyola University.
Lord, you are with me this very moment. I accept your love and move in confidence to serve you this day.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team