Offer it All
Today's Gospel has always been fascinating to me. It's an interesting question, who would the wife belong to if she married 7 husbands and each of them had died. Who would she belong to? If we believe as Catholics that all things come from God and will return to God, then who does this woman belong to? God of course, even if she'd been married to one hundred men. We are each made in the image and likeness of God, and can therefore only return to God. Though the sacrament of marriage is important and helps us to strive to become Saints and help each other, when we get to heaven, to union with God, there are no sacraments as they are earthly.
Today's Gospel states:'And Sad'ducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection; and they asked him a question, saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the wife, and raise up children for his brother. There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no children; and the second took her, and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; and the seven left no children. Last of all the woman also died. In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife." Jesus said to them, "Is not this why you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God said to him, `I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not God of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong"' (Mark 12:18-27).
God reigns over the living, not the dead. This is the point of the parable, that even in death, through having faith and hope, God brings us to the fullness of life. If we belong to God alone, we can have no other 'gods' in life and need to always put our faith first. Take time to examine your life today and see areas where you don't give everything to God, and try to offer them out of love.
Today's prayer comes from 'lords-prayer-words' an offertory prayer:
Lord, we thank for Your faithfulness. Thank you that we can always trust in You. You are an abundant God and out of Your great mercy you have given us so much. We give you this offering today. With it we worship You and give our whole selves to You. Please now take it and use it for Your kingdom and Your glory. Extend and multiple its reach and influence we pray. May it be a great blessing to many. We ask all this in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.