Wednesday 9th Week of the Year.
What happens to us when we die? What different form will our body take?
Sadducees were a religious sect of the Jewish elite
who had various political and religious roles
such as taking care of the Temple.
They did not believe in the resurrection
because they were committed
to a literal text of the Torah or Law
and could find no mention of the Resurrection in the Torah.
So they poke fun at Jesus
and asked a silly question
to see how he would answer it.
Who would be the woman’s husband
in the resurrection, if she married seven times?
The difficulty they had with believing in the resurrection
stems from putting themselves first before God.
Resurrection is not about us but God.
He is the cause of our resurrection,
as he is the cause of our existence
having created us in his image and likeness.
Should we think of ourselves first
all kinds of questions come to mind:
will we be married?
Will we have the same color hair?
Would be healthy again?
Will we be in our prime?
Will we like sweet potatoes?
What happens to us when we die?
What different form will our body take?
Think of the image of someone
who has only seen seeds
and not the full flower or the fully grown tree.
Is there any comparison
between a colorless, lifeless seeds
and the beautiful flower growing in the soil
or the tree swaying in the wind
or the taste of the fruit from the tree?
How could you convince anyone of such a transformation?
So it is with the resurrection of the dead.
A total transformation takes place in us.
Think of the Consecration on the Altar in Holy Communion.
It may appear we consume the Body and Blood of Jesus,
but Jesus transforms us into him.
Should we choose, he will penetrate all our thoughts,
emotions, desires and wills, even our memories
slowly transforming us from tiny little seeds
into a beautiful flower for God.
The seed dies and is buried with Jesus,
only to rise with him.
A little secret – dying a little more every day
so others may live
brings a deep and lasting joy to our hearts.
Jesus is our joy.