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Liturgical day: Saturday 33rd in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 20,27-40): Some Sadducees arrived. These people claim that there is no resurrection and they asked Jesus this question... Some Sadducees arrived. These people claim that there is no resurrection and they asked Jesus this question, «Master, in the Scripture Moses told us: ‘If anyone dies leaving a wife but no children, his brother must take the wife, and the child to be born will be regarded as the child of the deceased man’. Now, there were seven brothers; the first married a wife, but he died without children; and the second and the third took the wife; in fact all seven died leaving no children. Last of all the woman died. On the day of the resurrection, to which of them will the woman be wife? For the seven had her as wife».

And Jesus replied, «Taking husband or wife is proper to people of this world, but for those who are considered worthy of the world to come and of resurrection from the dead, there is no more marriage. Besides, they cannot die for they are like the angels. They too are sons and daughters of God because they are born of the resurrection. Yes, the dead will be raised, and even Moses implied it in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. For He is God of the living and not of the dead, and for him all are alive».

Some teachers of the Law then agreed with Jesus, «Master, you have spoken well». They didn't dare to ask him anything else.

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today, the Sadducees are bothering the Master again. The fact they bring up is ridiculous: a woman had had 7 husbands because they died one after another without leaving children ... (have you ever seen a 7 times widow?). Final question: " To which of them will the woman be wife" Don’t you think it's a stupid question? Those Sadducees were very lost. This is what happens when you do not have the final hope of the resurrection: nothing is worth it!

- Let’s ask a more interesting question: if there is no resurrection then… what kind of God do we have? The answer of Jesus: «He is God of the living and not of the dead».