In today’s Gospel, we encounter the Sadducees who are trying to catch Jesus in a trap. They present a seemingly impossible dilemma to Jesus about the resurrection and they hope to trip him up. The problem is that they are thinking with human minds and not seeing in the way that God sees. Jesus notes this immediately and calls them out for not knowing “the Scriptures or the power of God.”

I think many of us are probably in this same boat. When it comes to things that are beyond our natural comprehension, it is difficult to have faith. Like the Sadducees, we try to put God and his power into human terms. When we hear things like “we will one day share in the divinity of God himself,” we struggle to understand. But Jesus is clear in the Gospel that even though it may be hard to understand, we can trust him. Furthermore, we can trust in the power of God. 

While we may not be experiencing our final end right now, that is eternal happiness with God in heaven, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a taste of what this will be like. Through our baptism we have been given the life of God in our souls. Through confirmation we are given strength and the power of the Holy Spirit. Through the Eucharist we are given divine food for the journey. Through reconciliation we are freed from the bonds of sin. We could go on and on. Here and now we are experiencing, in a small way, the beauty of what we will experience in heaven. 

Even so, these sacraments that bring us closer to God’s divine life, are physical signs of God’s love. They are effective signs that truly change us, but in heaven we will no longer need signs. We will fully experience what we were truly made for. This is why Jesus says in the Gospel that in heaven we will neither marry nor be given in marriage. When done well, marriage is a sign of Christ’s love for his Church. In heaven, we will fully experience the love God has for his Church. 

So maybe today is a great day to look at the relationships and people we have around us in this life. Perhaps the question we should be asking is how can we one day get to heaven and bring as many of those we love with us? God desires that all men be saved, but it is our choice to accept that salvation and preach it to others. Let us all trust in what God has revealed and take great comfort that he wants us all to be happy with him for eternity. Otherwise we are no better than the Sadducees who did not believe in the Resurrection. This made them very sad-u-see. 

From all of us here at Diocesan, God bless!

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