Saturday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
The children of this world take wives and husbands, but those who are judged worthy of a place in the other world, do not marry because they no longer die (Lk 22/34,35).
One of the most well-known and greatly traditional psychological tests is that of the glass half filled with water. The one being tested is asked, what do you see? The answer could be ‘The glass is half full’ or ‘The glass is half empty’. The significance of this test is clear; perspectives in life matter immensely . How do you look at realities of life matter because your life is mainly constituted by your responses to perceptions of reality.
In the Gospel today we have this incident which is narrated in all the three Synoptics, a rather this worldly question about marriage, a reality absolutely central to human life. So one cannot perceive life without marital relationships. The people who questioned Jesus ask him about marriage from this worldly perspective. Jesus answer is from the other-worldly perspective. Marriage simply does not exist the other world because it is not needed. From a psychological perspective we know marriage is expression of survival instinct, the parents believe they live on in their progeny.
It is note worthy that this gospel narrative as found in the Gospels according to Mathew and Mark have an important opening statement in the answer of Jesus. You know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God( Mt 22/29; Mk 12/24).
Indeed the other-worldly perspective of this life can come to us only form God’s Word.May the souls of the dear-departed whom we specially remember and pray for this month, help us obtain this other-worldly perspective which they now possess.