THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Gospel: Luke 20: 27-38
Interestingly, both the first reading and the final reading have stories about seven brothers. The seven brothers, of the book of 2 Maccabees, preferred death over disobeying a command of God. They had full faith in God. They were assured of life after death with the almighty God, and they had the audacity to defy the order of the ruler in order to stay obedient to the King of kings.
In the final reading, we see a group of Sadducees, who believed that there is no life after death, approach Jesus with a fictitious story of seven brothers marrying the same woman one after another. They trusted in their own reasoning more than in God. They were rich and powerful. They had smooth relationships with the occupying forces, the Romans. They could do so because they could easily compromise with the rulers and the powerful. They could easily compromise since they did not trust in God. Facing a living God after death was inconvenient for their stands. Hence, they fabricated a theology with no life after death. It was convenient for them. But it was inconsistent with the revelations of the Old Testament.
Ditching God and His revelations are apparently the most popular shortcuts taken by those who want to be rich, powerful, and famous. The Sadducees did so while externally remaining part of the Jewish faith. In today’s world, people are more open about it. For the Sadducees of the old and for the Sadducees of today Jesus is a challenge. By hook or crook, they want to silence Jesus and those who side with Jesus.
The modern Sadducees propose that the fetus is nothing but a lump in the womb and could be removed at any time. The modern-day Sadducees propose that same-sex marriage is okay. The modern-day Sadducees suggest that there are as many sexes among humans as there are colors in the color wheel. It is okay for them to exploit the poor and the vulnerable. It is okay for them to plunder nature beyond recognition. And for them ethics and morality are relative.
The sad reality today is that many who call themselves Christians, subscribe to Sadducean arguments. And they look for a Jesus who is politically correct, and strategically silent.
But Jesus was neither politically correct nor strategically silent. He was ready to face the consequences. Jesus hasn’t changed since. Even today, He is neither politically correct nor strategically silent.
But he always knows who is with Him. And He cares eternally, for those who dare to stand with Him.