Tuesday of Holy Week

Then some Sadducees came forward. They were the people who deny that there is a resurrection. Their question was this: “Master, Moses laid it down for us that if there are brothers, and one dies leaving a wife but no child, then the next should marry the widow and carry on  his brother’s family.

Now, there were seven Brothers: the first took a wife and died childless; then the second married her, then the third. In this way the seven of them died leaving no children.

Afterwards the woman also died. At the resurrection whose wife is she to be, since all seven had married her?”

Jesus said to them, “the men and women of this world marry; but those who have been judged worthy of a place in the other world and of the resurrection from the dead, do not marry, for they are not subject to death any longer. They are like angels; they are sons of God, because they share in the resurrection.

That the dead are raised to life again is shown by Moses himself in the story of the burning bush, when he calls the Lord, “the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”.

God is not God of the dead but of the living; for him all are alive.”

At this some of the lawyers said, “Well spoken, master” .

For there was no further question that they ventured to put to him.

(Luke 20:27 to 40)

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Then one of the lawyers, who had been listening to these discussions and had noted how well he answered, came forward and asked him, “Which commandment is first of all?”.

Jesus answered, “The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord your God is the only Lord; love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength”.

The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself”. There is no other commandment greater than these.”

The lawyer said to him, “Well said, master. You’re right in saying that God is one and beside him there is no other.

And to love him with all your heart, all understanding, and all your strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself – that is far more than any burnt offerings or sacrifices.”

When Jesus saw how sensibly he answered, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God”.

(Mark 12:28-34)

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These readings take us deep into the area of controversy that was aroused when Jesus did his teachings.

Here we can see the opposition from the chief priests, lawyers, and elders, the Pharisees and the Saducees.

Their opposition was based on much knowledge but very little wisdom.

Orthodoxy can be blind!

All the opposition was met by the piercing insight of Jesus which sees through human shortcomings and exposes us for what we truly are.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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