The Gospel Today
Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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 ‘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.”
Some of the scribes said in reply,
“Teacher, you have answered well.”
And they no longer dared to ask him anything.
Reflection (Sem. Justin G. Gatus)
Be not afraid to ask God Questions!
I remember when I was still in college, my teacher would always say, “If you do not understand, please ask questions.” Also my dad always gives us this advice, “Hindi ka mawawala kung kasama mo si Mr. Magtanong” — a play of words which means you will not get lost if you are inquisitive and know how to ask questions.
There are moments in our lives where we sometimes question God about things that are not clear to us. These are the things that we cannot accept immediately and put us into confusion. We ask Him why did it happen to us? What is the reason behind it? How did it happen? These are the common questions that come into our minds. Also, there is a sense of resistance to issues that affect us — we find them unbelievable especially if they concern us.
In my seminary life, there was this one instance when everything was planned ahead for the next day’s activities, and everything was already scheduled. But here came an event that interfered with the schedule, resulting in the cancellation of all the planned activities.
I am pretty sure that all of us have had our moments when we already planned everything out but due to some contingencies, it was all cancelled. There were feelings of anger, sadness and disappointment. This is just an example of a simple situation where you might question God. But in life, there are much greater circumstances that will affect us.
The Gospel invites us to ask Jesus regarding things that are not clear to us, through prayer. Let us not react immediately without talking to and asking our Lord first. After praying, we must learn to wait for His answer by listening openly and attentively to His voice. We must not have second thoughts on questioning Him for He is a loving God and He listens to all our prayers. He will not forsake us. Just think of it as if you’re asking your father for some things that confuse you. But this time, it is the Loving Father you are asking.