Gospel: Lk 20:27-40
Then some Sadducees arrived. These people claim that there is no resurrection, and they asked Jesus this question, “Master, in the law Moses told us, ‘If anyone dies leaving a wife but no children, his brother must take the wife, and any child born to them will be regarded as the child of the deceased.‘ Now, there were seven brothers: the first married, but died without children. The second married the woman, but also died childless. And then the third married her, and in this same way all seven died, leaving no children. Last of all the woman died. On the day of the resurrection, to which of them will the woman be a wife? For all seven had her as a wife.“
And Jesus replied, “Taking a husband or a wife is proper to people of this world, but for those who are considered worthy of the world to come, and of resurrection from the dead, there is no more marriage. Besides, they cannot die, for they are like the angels. They are sons and daughters of God, because they are born of the resurrection.
Yes, the dead will be raised, as Moses revealed at the burning bush, when he called the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. For God is God of the living, and not of the dead, for to him everyone is alive.“
Some teachers of the law then agreed with Jesus, “Master, you have spoken well.“ They didn‘t dare ask him anything else.
“Many are the plans in man‘s but it‘s the decision of the Lord that prevails“, the Book of Proverbs says. King Antiochus, in the first reading had so many evil plans. But things had not turned out the way he had planned so he remained overcome by terrible anguish.
Many times, we are also in the same position where our plans and the Lord‘s purposes are not in sync and so we become frustrated. In most cases, our plans are shaped by our beliefs and orientation. Plans born out of wrong beliefs are meant to fail, as shown to us in the gospel reading. The Sadducees had the plan to insist upon Jesus and to shame him that there is no resurrection. But Jesus refuted them.
So how do we keep our plans in conformity with the Lord‘s purposes? Two things: Godly desire and Godly goal. We must desire only good things and we must pursue only good things. Let God‘s purposes prevail in us by seeking Him and His will in prayer regularly.