Gospel Reading and Thoughts for November 10, 2013

Gospel – Luke 20:27-38

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,
came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying,
“Teacher, Moses wrote for us,
If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child,jesus and sadducees
his brother must take the wife
and raise up descendants for his brother.

Now there were seven brothers;
the first married a woman but died childless.
Then the second and the third married her,
and likewise all the seven died childless.
Finally the woman also died.
Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be?
For all seven had been married to her.”
Jesus said to them,
“The children of this age marry and remarry;
but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age
and to the resurrection of the dead
neither marry nor are given in marriage.
They can no longer die,
for they are like angels;
and they are the children of God
because they are the ones who will rise.
That the dead will rise
even Moses made known in the passage about the bush,
when he called out ‘Lord, ‘
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;
and he is not God of the dead, but of the living,
for to him all are alive.”

The Sadducees may have set out trying to trick Jesus into saying something against Scripture, but they pose a valid question – one that we all have. What is Heaven like?

Some people wiser than I have described Heaven as perfect union with God, total envelopment in His love, constant worship and praise.  But my children have asked more simpler questions – will my dog be there?  Will everyone I love be there?  Will my favorite toys be there?  What will it look like?  Will there be lots of clouds and rainbows?

I do love the beautiful visual images they paint with their own imaginings of what Heaven is like, but I have hesitated to committing definite answers to those questions.  What I have told our kids is that everything you truly love most will be there.  And because we should love God the most of all, being with Him is what will matter to us. 

How long will we be there anyway? Is another popular question I get.  How long is eternity?  A wise priest once said that if you moved every grain of sand in every desert one-by-one to a large pile of sand and then back again, that would only be one second of eternity.  Try explaining that to kids!!  I’m sure you have tried.

Really, trying to explain Heaven to us would be like trying to explain life after birth to a baby.  They would never comprehend walking, eating, playing.  Just as we can’t even imagine eternity outside of time with our Creator.

 Check out this link for a great explanation of Life after Death!

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