God will resurrect those who are faithful till the end.
- The seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured by the king who was forcing them to eat pork in violation of the Mosaic Law.
- The brothers, one by one, preferred to suffer the torture, instead of violating the Old Law, strengthened by their hope in the future resurrection: “It is my choice to die at the hands of men with the hope God gives of being raised up by him.”
- He rewards those who believe in him with life everlasting, after the Sadducees who deny the existence of resurrection and the immortality of the soul came forward to pose him their query.
- The Navarre Bible Commentary to the Gospel of St. Luke 20:27-38 explains:
- “The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the body or the immortality of the soul. They came along to ask Jesus a question which is apparently unanswerable. According to the levirate law (cf. Deut 25: 5ff), if a man died without issue, his brother was duty bound to marry his widow to provide his brother with descendants. The consequences of this law would seem to give rise to a ridiculous situation at the resurrection of the dead.
- Our Lord replies by reaffirming that there will be a resurrection; and by explaining the properties of those who have risen again, the Sadducees’ argument simply evaporates. In this world people marry in order to continue their species: that is the primary aim of marriage. After the resurrection there will be no more marriage, because people will not die any more.
- Quoting Sacred Scripture (Ex 3:2. 6) our Lord shows the grave mistake the Sadducces make, and he argues: God is not the God of the dead but of the living, that s to say, there exists a permanent relationship between God and Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who have been dead for years. Therefore, although these just men have died as far as their bodies are concerned, they are alive, truly alive, in God — their souls are immortal — and they are awaiting the resurrection of their bodies.”
- It is what Our Lord Jesus Christ underwent with His earthly life: His Resurrection came about through His Passion and Death on the Cross. The same thing should be in the life of a Christian if he were to be an authentic follower of Christ!
- What then would transient earthly sufferings be as compared to a never-ending life, joy and union with the Triune God in heaven?
- Hence, if we suffer due to whatever motive, and in our life as Christians, let us not complain: rather, let us offer them to God and unite ourselves with Jesus on the Cross to co-redeem with Him and convinced that with Him, if we are faithful till the end, we shall rise again. For God has triumphed over death, evil and injustice, and those who die in Him, will also rise with Him.
– COLLECT PRAYER, 32ND SUNDAY