The Gospel Today
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,
came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying,
“Teacher, Moses wrote for us,
If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child,
his brother must take the wife
and raise up descendants for his brother.
Now there were seven brothers;
the first married a woman but died childless.
Then the second and the third married her,
and likewise all the seven died childless.
Finally the woman also died.
Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be?
For all seven had been married to her.”
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 (Sem. Alfredo Dimaano):
Two weeks before the liturgical year ends, we are faced with matters about resurrection. In our Creed as Catholics, we believe in the “… the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting”.
High school reunions are always exciting. Four years ago, my batchmates and I celebrated our tenth year anniversary with a reunion. I was part of the team that organized the event: looking for the venue, planning for food and games, search for funds, and of course, inviting the whole class (including our adviser) for that momentous event. Prior to that, the whole group had been meeting to make sure that everything would be in order. We had not been seeing one classmate of ours for quite sometime nor had he been coordinating with any of us. No phonecall, email, or even text message. That was why, after ten years, we were all surprised when he showed up! We were telling him, “Buhay ka pa pala? Parang muling pagkabuhay lang!” (You are still alive! It’s like you have been resurrected!)
When Christ appears again in glory in His second coming, we believe that we shall be raised from the dead and His majesty will be in full. Resurrection might be similar to a reunion, of course in a more grandeur scale! That is the time when we meet not only those people that we know, but even those that we have not met before, we meet our loved ones who went ahead of us. But relationships that we had then when we were still alive would not be the same anymore for we will all be considered “children of God” who no longer die; when we meet in heaven, “we [will be] like His angels”. And the best part of them all, we will see face to face not only our high school advisers, but the greatest Teacher Himself, who is Jesus. I strive to be better each day and be spiritually prepared for I know that that Grand Reunion may come anytime without prior notice.
While we may act like Sadducees in today’s Gospel reading occupied with so many thoughts about resurrection, we continue to pray for the wisdom and guidance to focus on things heavenly, directing our hearts to the love of God.
I hope we see each other in that reunion. Miss not that glorious moment. We are all invited! Let’s rise to the occasion.