Tuesday, June 05, 2018
WEDNESDAY, 9th Week in Ordinary Time
June 6, 2018 – WEDNESDAY, 9th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Norbert, Bishop and Religious Founder
St. Marcellin Champagnat, Priest and Religious Founder
2 Tm 1: 1- 3, 6- 12 / Mk 12: 18- 27
St. Norbert (1080 - 1134), born in Germany, was consecrated archbishop of
Magdeburg. He preached religious and moral reforms.
A French priest, St. Marcellin Champagnat (1789- 1840) founded the Marist Brothers (FMS) for the education of the youth in 1817. Beatified in 1955, he was canonized by Pope St. John Paul II in 1999.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 12: 18- 27
The Sadducees also came to Jesus.. Since they claim that there is no resurrection, they questioned him in this way, "Master, in the Scriptures Moses gave us this law: 'If anyone dies and leaves a wife but no children, his brother must take the wife and give her a child who will be considered the child of his deceased brother. Now, there were seven brothers. The first married a wife, but he died without leaving any children. The second took the wife and he, too, died leaving no children. The same happened to the third. Finally the seven died leaving no children. Last of all the woman died. Now in the resurrection, to which of them will she be wife? For the seven had her as wife."
Jesus replied, "You could be wrong in this regard because you understand neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. When they rise from the dead, men and women do not marry but are like the angels in heaven.
"Now, about the resurrection of the dead, have you never reflected on the chapter of the burning bush in the book of Moses? God said to him: I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Now, he is the God, not of the dead but of the living. You are totally wrong."
In the Gospel reading the Sadducees present to Jesus the question about a woman who had been married to seven brothers, each of whom died without any children with her, "Now in the resurrection, to which of them will she be wife? For the seven had her as wife."
When we as mortals attempt to interpret the law of God in human terms, we often lose sight of the essence of the Law. The ultimate message of Scripture and of the Law is love of God and of our fellows. Our laws apply to our imperfect human condition here on earth where our needs are both spiritual and physical, of the soul and of the body.
Obviously the Sadducees projected our mortal life into life after death, in order to hopefully trap Jesus. Jesus merely pointed out their ignorance: "When they rise from the dead, men and women do not marry but are like the angels in heaven."
Hopefully we would be unlike the Sadducees in their mindset of doubt and narrow-mindedness. We pray that we have open minds and a willingness to learn.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Dr. Evelyn Gonzaga
Timothy Gotamco Tan
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Willing Sioco Luy (18 Jun 1954 - 06 Jun 1995)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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