June 4, 2008
Wednesday of the ninth week in ordinary time
Mark 12: 18-27
Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and put this question to him, saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us, "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 and died, leaving no descendants. So the second married her and died, leaving no descendants, and the third likewise. And the seven left no descendants. Last of all the woman also died. At the resurrection when they arise whose wife will she be? For all seven had been married to her." Jesus said to them, "Are you not misled because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God? When they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels in heaven. As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, 'I am the God of Abraham, (the) God of Isaac, and (the) God of Jacob'? He is not God of the dead but of the living. You are greatly misled."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I approach you with humility. I can have doubts in understanding your word and can suffer from spiritual blindness, but I trust in your love. You will teach me what I need to know.
Petition: Lord, help me every day to trust in the highly beneficial influence that praying, visiting and receiving you in the Blessed Sacrament have on my life. May I always prepare myself interiorly for my meeting with you, the Font of Life.
1. A Bad Attitude The Sadducees present a trick question to Christ, the Divine Teacher. They had his attention. They could have taken advantage of this moment to learn from him, for he is the Font of Wisdom. But they didn’t. Would one do this with an esteemed teacher? Why this attitude? They didn’t know Christ. They lacked trust and confidence in him. Many times, when we pray routinely and go to Mass out of habit, we do so without being fully aware of whom and why we are approaching Our Lord. We can miss so much.
2. “You Are Badly Misled” Christ handles the annoying and antagonistic attitude of the Sadducees with patience. He doesn’t send them off; rather, he accepts them where they are, listens to their question, and answers in a dignified and simple way. How do we handle impertinent or annoying questions? As the God of Life would? All are our brothers and sisters; all have priceless souls which we should treat with respect and in a pleasant way. Christ evangelized and left others thinking and wondering about the beautiful ways of God. Do we?
3. The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob God is the God of the living. He is the God of Life. He promises us life when we eat his flesh and drink his blood. Do we believe and live this truth? Do we honor him by frequenting his presence in the Living Bread of the Blessed Sacrament? Do I have a commitment to be a regular visitor of Christ in the Eucharist?
Dialogue with Christ: Lord, I love you. I thank you. You are the Divine Teacher. You know all the answers. All you needed to set the Sadducees on the right path was one line. You superbly quoted from the text of Scripture which they accepted. May I see the beauty of my faith and invite others to join me in being apostles of the truth.
Resolution: I will sincerely bring all of my important questions to Jesus. I will be open to his illuminating presence and ask for the grace to clearly understand my faith. I will share my faith with someone in an attractive way.
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