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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on November 10, 2013

16a3a9511a49cfa6d51818753ba33a45_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 20:27, 34-38

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward.

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 out ‘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.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: The resurrection of the dead represents a pivotal belief in the faith of Christians, and Jesus’ teaching about the resurrection is the theme of today’s reading. The Sadducees were a group of conservative Jews who lived at the time of Jesus; they included both aristocrats and priests attached to the temple in Jerusalem. The Sadducees believed the Pentateuch, that is, the first five books of the Bible, were the entirety of God’s revealed word, and they denied all other books were scripture. For this reason, they did not believe in the resurrection because the first five books of the Bible contain no direct references to its reality. Jesus, in today’s passage, however, takes the Pentateuch and uses it to provide evidence for the resurrection. He offers the Sadducees a verse from Exodus, the second book of the Pentateuch, and uses it to prove that there indeed is a resurrection.

In Exodus, when Moses is at the burning bush, God reveals Godself as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; Jesus pointedly asks the Sadducees how it is that God can make a claim about being the God of the living were Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob not alive. Luke tells us that the Sadducees can say nothing, for the scriptures they themselves endorse, are used effectively by Jesus to refute their disbelief.

Spiritual reading: In all your dealings be slow to speak and say little, especially with your equals and those lower in dignity and authority than yourselves. Be ready to listen for long periods and until each one has had his say. Answer the questions put to you, come to an end, and take your leave. If a rejoinder is required, let your reply be as brief as possible, and take leave promptly and politely. (Letter to Fathers Broët and Salmerón by St. Ignatius of Loyola)

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