(Luke 20:27-38) When I was growing up, my mom would read the obituaries in the newspaper nearly every day. My friends thought it was a little weird – even morbid – but, to me, it was normal. Other families avoided the topic of death altogether, but we talked about it easily. I learned from an early age that death is a part of life, as ironic (or obvious) as that may sound. Like my dad used to say, besides taxes, death is one of the few things in life that is unavoidable!
That being the case, it’s only natural that we would wonder what happens to us after our earthly lives are over. As Christians, we have the promise of heaven and a new life in Christ. But many people in the world today believe that death is the end. Their motto is “live for now” because, when you die, you simply cease to exist; there’s nothing to hope for…no resurrection.
In reading this week’s Gospel, we see that this way of thinking isn’t so new. The Sadducees of Jesus’ day likewise rejected the belief in the resurrection of the body after death. Because they think this idea is so ridiculous, they pose a rather interesting question to Jesus about the afterlife – wondering whose wife a woman will be after her resurrection if she marries more than once. Jesus knows He’s being tested and sets them straight by explaining that there will be no marriage in heaven. We reflect this belief in our marriage vows today when we say, “Till death do us part.”
In one sense, the bond of love and unity that we experience in marriage is a foretaste of what is to come. But even the best marriage pales in comparison to what awaits us in heaven. Jesus is our true soul mate, and He will satisfy every longing of the heart.1 When we enter into His glory, we will enjoy pure bliss!
– Kelley Holy
1 Cf. Psalm 107:9