In the gospels we’re not told that Jesus laughed. But remembering that Jesus was like us
in all things but sin, he must have had a sense of humour and
had a laugh or a giggle at times. Well I reckon today’s gospel might have been
one of those times. The Saducees who denied any resurrection,
approached Jesus and gave this complicated story about a lady who was married to seven brothers
in this earthly life and were so worried about to whom she would be married in the after life. What a ridiculous question. I can almost imagine Jesus raising his eyebrows
as they served up this story of a widow who worked her way through seven brothers of the
same family. Almost like he would have gone,
“Seven brothers, really? All seven she was married to?
My goodness, what a lady! She was married to one brother, he died.
Married to another and he died. Married to another, he died! What a shame – all seven died on her. She must have been a strong lady
to outlive all seven.” I can imagine Jesus smirking perhaps, then
giggling a little as he could see where they’re heading with their imaginative story. Now, after having a little giggle Jesus would have also known that this was a pretty standard argument from the Saducees, they were really just trying to prosecute their beliefs
– there is no resurrection – and not after a real answer. Well, a real answer they got. Jesus’ answer is as simple as it is devastating:
“God is a God of the living not of the dead”. In other words take away your little word
games and tricks because they are all based on the belief
we die once and for all and that is simply not the case. We call our God the God of Abraham, the God
of Moses and the God of Isaac. We don’t do that if they are dead once and
for all. Leading up to the great feast of Christmas,
which is only six weeks away, now, this is the ultimate message: God was born into our world in human form,
he died in human form and was Resurrected in human form. End of argument, end of story and end of worry
for us all. God is the God of the living and the dead. This is the ultimate promise we celebrate
in each Eucharist and each Christmas, God is the God of all, all are living in God. We happily, and perhaps like Jesus, laugh
in the joy of this promise which remains till the end of time.