Luke 20: “In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be?
For the seven had married her."
In my 38 years of being a pastor I have celebrated or assisted at a lot of Burial services. As I reached my 84th birthday, I began to think more seriously about this issue myself! Obituaries, which I like to read in the newspaper, seem more interesting to me. I know that eternal life with the Lord is coming one day. I thought the following reflection from Forward Day by Day, July 17, 2009, was helpful to me. It was written by a woman who describes herself as a
"published poet, recovering alcoholic and sinner." She is a widow and volunteers at a state prison.
Her response below is wonderful.
Blessings, love, and hugs. Fr. Jack.
"Christians profess to believe in 'the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.' Sadducees did not share this belief. Realistically, what would happen to a woman who had seven husbands ? Whose wife would she be? The Sadducees sought to discredit Jesus, but don't we believers ask ourselves the same question ?
Will we indeed see our loved ones there?
While we hope to, Jesus' reply suggests a reality so different from this world that we don't even know what questions to ask. As my husband lay dying, clinging fearfully to his slender claim on this life, I shared my prediction for the next - the most wonderful dream you ever you've ever had from which you never wake up. He died at peace."
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