A very brief comment on today’s gospel, which could be subtitled “Sayings of Jesus That I Can’t Discuss With My Wife.”
In answer to a trick question asked of him by a group of Sadducees (in the afterlife, who is the husband of a woman married seven times?), Jesus replies that:
“The children of this age marry and remarry;
but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age
and to the resurrection of the dead
neither marry nor are given in marriage.”
Oh, boy ….
Those of you who know me well are very aware that I am probably the most happily married man in the entire cosmos. My wife is the love of my life. She is also an amazing follower of Jesus. But when it comes to this gospel, and its clear teaching that there isn’t marriage in Heaven, she is just not buying it. Her view is that God brought us together in this world so there’s no reason that it wouldn’t continue in the next one. It actually makes a lot of sense. I’m tempted to go along with her except for one thing.
Jesus said it.
So how can I harmonize the two sides? Only in this way. I think that Jesus is saying that when we leave this world and join with God, our love will be totally (and equally) open and shared with all of the Saints in Light, and that there is no exclusivity of the real love that we will experience in Heaven.
That’s the best I can do.