Even though I am living in a broken marriage, I love my wife. If I were to gather up all the most memorable moments in our almost 43 years of marriage, I would consider them as experiencing heaven on earth. I know that is not even close to the promises of Heaven in scripture but it will have to do for now.
In today’s Gospel from Mark 12:18-27, we find the Sadducees, who do not believe in the resurrection, posing to Jesus a scenario that if 7 men marry the same woman and they all die, whose wife will she be at the resurrection? The answer that Jesus gave was … “When they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels in heaven.”
Marriage is a gift from God with its purpose of procreation. We continue to bring children into the world with the hope of building the Kingdom of God. We grow as a family and learn to love. It is a special gift given that we can experience a human love so deep while we learn that our God loves us infinitely more. Then in Heaven we are united to the one who created us, died for us and loves us more intimately than we could possibly understand here in this life.
The Lord Jesus tells us today “He is not God of the dead but of the living.” Death is not the end of our lives but only the beginning. There is a resurrection. May God give us his grace to live our lives worthily to build his Kingdom on earth that will prepare us for the joy of our resurrection and of everlasting life. Amen.