32nd Sun C
Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.
This Sunday's Reflection
On some of the routes going into greater Sydney, you come to a high point that gives a sweep of the Cumberland Plain and, from there, you can often see your journey’s end within the city as a whole. As you go back down into the maze of roads and hills that is Sydney, the memory of your destination from that height can give you clarity for the journey. This Sunday’s encounter between Jesus and the Sadducees is like one of those high points within the Gospels. While Jesus is leading his disciples, and us, to eternal life in God, this is a very difficult concept for us to comprehend. Most of the time, Jesus teaches us how to live in this world, all the while knowing that he is preparing us for the next world. But now and then, that world to come is put into centre stage.
The Sadducees have come with their question concerning a hypothetical woman who has been married seven times. But Jesus uses this odd question as a way to show us how the very nature of relationship will be transformed in the world to come. In a very real sense, the marriage relationship is a good one to use. For many people, this is the most intense, and indeed most focused, relationship of their lives. And one they dearly wish to go on forever. Jesus certainly does not say, it will not. What he does say, is that our capacity to relate will be transformed. No longer will we be confined by physicality. Rather we will be set free to love as God loves – to love all, deeply and passionately. What we have within the best of our relationships will explode into a joy beyond our present comprehension.