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DG BookGospel: Mark 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 woman, and, with her, have a baby, 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 also died, leaving no children. The same thing happened to the third.
In fact, all seven brothers died, leaving no children. Last of all, the woman died. Now, in the resurrection, to which of them will she be wife?
For all seven brothers had her as wife.” Jesus replied, “Is this not the reason you are mistaken,
that you do not understand the Scriptures or 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 had thoughts about the burning bush in the book of Moses?
God said to Moses: I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. He is the God, not of the dead, but of the living. You are totally wrong.”

One of the biggest difficulties encountered by many individuals during Jesus’ time was that they have “put God in a box”.
They thought that they had him all figured out. Were they not, after all, the Chosen People, the children of Abraham? Were they not the descendants
of those God had freed from slavery in Egypt? Surely they knew everything they had to know about him. And so when his only Begotten Son came,
looking like them, being one of them, immersing oneself in their ordinary lives, they could not accept him, nor his teachings.
How could they, when they knew everything that had to be known of him? Again and again, Jesus sought to correct them,
revealing to them that there is tremendous mystery in God, that – as he says in the Gospel – he is the “God of the living and not of the dead”.
Their structures, ideas, concepts, labels and categories cannot ever fully capture the fullness of who and what God is, nor the full reality of what he is capable of.

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