DAILY GOSPEL COMMENTARY: THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD (Mk 12:18-26).
Wednesday, 9th week of Ordinary Time
DAILY GOSPEL COMMENTARY: THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD
Gospel of Wednesday, 9th week of Ordinary Time.
Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and put this question to him, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If someone’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first married a woman and died, leaving no descendants. So the second brother married her and died, leaving no descendants, and the third likewise. And the seven left no descendants. Last of all the woman also died. At the resurrection when they arise whose wife will she be? For all seven had been married to her.” Jesus said to them, “Are you not misled because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? When they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels in heaven. As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not God of the dead but of the living. You are greatly misled.”
GOSPEL COMMENTARY FROM THE NAVARRE BIBLE, ST. MARK (WITH PERMISSION)
- 18-27 Before answering the difficulty proposed by the Sadducees, Jesus wants to identify the source of the problem — man’s tendency to confine the greatness of God inside a human framework through excessive reliance on reason, not giving due weight to divine Revelation and the power of God.
- A person can have difficulty with the truths of faith: this is not surprising, for these truths are above human reason. But it is ridiculous to try to find contradictions in the revealed word of God: this only leads away from any solution of difficulty and may make it impossible to find one’s way back to God.
- We need to approach Sacred Scripture, and, in general, the things of God, with the humility which faith demands. In the passage about the burning bush, which Jesus quotes to the Sadducees, God says this to Moses: “Put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground” (Ex 3:5).
VIDEO COMMENTARY ON TODAY’S GOSPEL
TOPIC: TOPIC: DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION?
In today’s gospel reading, the Sadducees, who do not believe in life after death, plan to trap Jesus. They ask Him about the marital state of a woman after the resurrection: Does He believe in the Torah, or the scriptures, which makes no mention of the resurrection, or will He side with the Pharisees, who believe in the resurrection, based on oral traditions?
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