The Question about the Resurrection
Reflection on the Gospel of the Saturday
Jesus during his journey in this world faced lots of challenges from people and evil spirit. Those in power, namely the Pharisees and Sadducee were trying to trap Jesus on technicalities, for the words he spoke and also his deeds, but they could not succeed. Today’s gospel passage is one of the challenge faced by Jesus from the Sadducee, this group of people never believed in angels and the resurrected life. For them scripture consisted of only the first 5 books of the Bible, and here they are trying to ridicule Jesus and ask him a question on resurrection, which is never in the Pentateuch (the 5 books of Moses), mentioned in plain words.
Life in this world, as we understand it, is transitory and temporary life for everyone. Jesus explains the life style of heaven and earth in the gospel. People living in this world eat, drink, marry and enjoy both happiness and sad, this is temporary. Life in this world ends once we encounter death. After death we cannot live any more in this earthly world, this is transitory. Death, now in the context of Jesus’ life and resurrection is a doorway to enter eternal life, i.e. God’s Presence, where there is only joy, peace and happiness. There is no hungry, thirsty, anxiety, weeping. People like the angels, are satisfied and their first concern is to live for God.
We are all accountable for our words and deeds, that we speak and do in our stay on earth. There is a connection between this world and the eternal world. What we sow in this world completely bear fruits in the eternal world. St Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:8 “ Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
There is only one life as we know now here on earth, live this opportunity with gratefulness, being a blessing to others and live in happiness and peace.