Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 6, 2016
In my ministry with St. Anthony Messenger Press [Franciscan Media], one of my roles is to answer questions on our radio program, American Catholic Radio. I usually try first to put the answer in the simplest terms, from what I already know. Then I usually do some research, to be sure I’m giving the person an accurate response.
But I’m not sure how I’d react if I had to tackle the case Jesus receives in today’s Gospel. It’s a complicated, multi-part question about a woman who was widowed seven times, the Old Testament’s law about a brother-in-law stepping in to marry his deceased brother’s widow, and what will happen to all those spouses in heaven! Fortunately, the answer is an easy one: It’s all about resurrection.
The question was a loaded one. It was asked of Jesus by the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection, so their agenda was to promote their erroneous point of view. Jesus’ clever reply cuts through all their complications, and even quotes Moses to respond.
Fortunately, we don’t have to go through such complications to ground our faith in the resurrection, and the promise of eternal life with Christ. We need only to make our act of faith in him who died and rose for us. As Christians, the new life Jesus gives is the ultimate answer to all our questions.