Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
“Indeed they cannot die anymore… being children of the resurrection.”
It is these words of Jesus that cause my soul to catch; these my worn heart snags on.
In the gospel text this week, the Sadducees come with a theoretical question concerning a resurrection they don’t believe in. Jesus knows their unbelief. Perhaps he knows he also won’t convince them, even appealing to the Torah, as he does. But he still answers the question.
They’ve come up with the perfect quandary for Jesus. A woman marries seven brothers, gives not one of them a child to carry his name and tether her to him. In the resurrection, whose will she be?
It occurs to me that because of their denial of the resurrection they’re asking about, they mean their question to be purely a matter of theory. It does seem a little absurd, this poor woman meeting the same tragedy seven times.
But in reading their question, I feel like I know her. Read more