The Gospel reading today deals with marriage. True, it was a trick question designed to show the people that Jesus was not the Messiah and, true, Jesus turned the trick back on them, as usual.
I picture Jesus sitting politely listening to the Sadducees present their conundrum, perhaps with a little smile when they said at the resurrection. But he didn’t jump on that, even though Sadducees rejected any notion of life after death. Nor did he quote the several passages from Job, Psalms, Isaiah, and others that refer to life eternal. He chose instead to use the example from Exodus, probably because the Sadducees rejected all the writings except the Torah, the first five books.
He was able to use the encounter of God with Moses to show that life exists after death on this earth and he did it within the strict rules of the Sadducees’ belief system. It is sad to consider the fact that nearly all the leading priests at the Temple were Sadducees and that many of the ordinary priests were as well. I wonder at how they could attend to the worship without believing in the Living God.
Back to marriage. Jesus spoke of the church as the Bride of Christ. When I became a disciple of Jesus, I joined in a marriage contract with him. As is common in wedding vows today, the two become one. It is no accident that John placed the miracle of turning water into wine at the top of the list, the first public event in his Gospel account. It is no accident that marriage plays a dominant role in his Book of Revelation of Jesus.
Do you remember? God created all. He came to us in the form of an ordinary man to show us how we can live and then offered to be our groom and stand with us in the eternal Kingdom, vouching for our purity even as we are impure. Do you remember? Continue reading Shake the Earth