Reflection on Luke 20:27-38 ~
The poem High Flight by John Magee begins with: “Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth….” It ends with: “and touched the face of God.” Filled with awe within the silence and sanctity of his flight he understood that while alive on earth we are spiritually children of God. Like him we can rise in our own unique way. Perhaps you can take a few minutes of silence to contemplate and be with our living God then for the rest of the day let others witness the face of God in you.
Luke 20 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Question about the Resurrection
27 Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him 28 and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; 30 then the second 31 and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. 32 Finally the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.”
34 Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; 35 but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36 Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. 37 And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38 Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 20:27-38.