This week the readings come from the second Book of Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14; Psalm 17; Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians 2:16-3:5; and Luke’s Gospel 20:27-38.
The readings this week all talk about death. We begin in Maccabees with a reflection on Martyrdom all seven brothers face death not with fear but with hope as we all are promised resurrection through Christ Jesus on the last day. This idea continues in the second reading where Paul speaks of this hope with the Lord being our strength and consolation during our lifetime. The Gospel takes the idea of hope and flips it the Sadducees ask Jesus about seven brothers who all married to the same woman after the previous one died and who would be the husband in heaven. Yet Jesus tells them it doesn’t matter “children of this age marry and remarry” but in heaven it won’t matter for as long as the individual believes in God they will not die for we are forever alive in the Lord. This mean that marriage is a contract between people and not between God and the people if you remember it is the husband and wife who are the individuals who preform this sacrament as opposed to all the others. Let us remember this hope that exist in our life knowing that we are all called to another age, like how the ring bearers in Lord of the Rings went to the Undying lands.
We could also take the classic John 3:16 to pull this idea out “For God so love the World that he gave his only Son for whom so ever believes in him will have eternal life” or something to that effect. The Hope that we have in our lives is Eternal life and sure we hope that we will meet the people we knew in this life who have pass before us especially our family and friends but we often forget that they are still alive in our lives through our memories and other individuals. It is a simple idea and I hope that we can reflect upon this during this upcoming week.