Monday, July 6th

Mark 12:18-27

Marriage at the Resurrection

18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 19 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children. 21 The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third. 22 In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too. 23 At the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”24 Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? 25 When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 26 Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”

Meditation

Sometimes we lose perspective when we think of heaven and we think about a reunion with those we love. Yes that will happen but if I understand what Jesus is saying our family will not be the family we have known and loved here. It will be all who are present with our Lord in heaven. Love will not be given as it is here. We won’t love one more than another and we will not have hate or disregard for anyone. That is hard to imagine in this world we live in now. It will be real in heaven.

Prayer

Lord, we do cherish the love we have for those who live with us here. We look forward to the day that we will have the love that you have for all your creation. Make us ready by loving all that we touch lives with in whatever time and place we are. By doing so may we grow in your love and be prepared for the day when Jesus will take us to our place he has prepared for us. Amen.

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