Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/060717.cfm
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.”
There are many today who still do not believe what Jesus says. Oh, they claim to agree with Him, but when we talk about the saints in heaven, they do not believe, they think that when we die, we are no more. What do you believe? Do you believe that those who have died before us are in heaven, interceding for us and bringing our needs to the Lord? Or do you believe once someone dies they are gone. You might want to reread this scripture passage if you believe the latter. Jesus does not lie, but we allow ourselves to be misled. Be careful who you listen to.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the intercession of the saints in heaven. You have given me role models to follow and listen to my prayers. In Jesus’ name I give you praise! Amen.
To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.