Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 20,27-40
Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus,
saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, ‘If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother.’
Now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died childless.
Then the second
and the third married her, and likewise all the seven died childless.
Finally the woman also died.
Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been married to her.”
Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry;
but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.
They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise.
That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called ‘Lord’ the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;
and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”
Some of the scribes said in reply, “Teacher, you have answered well.”
And they no longer dared to ask him anything.
They are children of God
1) Women. If there is one thing we have achieved as Christians, it is to give dignity to women. Jesus has given women a new dignity, a new place in society, and a new importance. The dignity Jesus gives women is recognizing that they are not something, but rather “someone.” I remember the beautiful document written by Pope John Paul II tilted “Mulieris dignitatem,” or the dignity of women. Today, there are so many women who suffer and are taken as objects instead of people. They are considered useful solely for the purpose of work (washing, ironing, cooking, and so on).
In women, we can see the marvelous work of God. I direct my words to you, women: “Thank you for taking risks, and for defending the life you carry in your womb. Thank you for always taking care of every person you have given life to, no matter their age. Thank you for taking care of so many people, even if you yourself have not had children. Thank you for lifting up the person who walks next to you in life when he falls. Thank you for making a family. Thank you, dear Sister, for consecrating your life to God and forming part of a community, for becoming nuns, consecrated lay women, and for showing that God is with us. Thank you for being a woman. You are sincerely appreciated!”
2) Marriage. Marriage is a sacrament that encompasses a life of mission whose aim is to sanctify others and the world around us with and through your spouse. Marriage is ‘till death do us part’ because in eternity there is no marriage. In eternal life, our Baptism is ratified, shaped, and reconfigured since we are the children of God. In eternity, there is only the eternal love for God. That’s why marriage is the pursuit of holiness, knowing that we are the children of God, looking forward to knowing the eternal love of God.
3) Eternal Life. It is what guides our lives, to seek heaven and to ‘be a heaven’ for others. You and I must accept that our life is transient here and that life implies a struggle towards the pursuit of sanctity. God calls us to ‘be a heaven’ for others. You are called to live in sanctity because your purpose is to ‘build heaven’ together with others. So, work on building the road to Heaven and don’t turn your life into a hell.
God bless you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Always remember, Heaven is our goal.