Sunday, November 10, 2013

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

If someone were reading the Gospels for the first time without any knowledge of Jesus, they might conclude that he just loved to argue with people.

Perhaps it would be better to say, people just loved arguing with Jesus. Today we have yet another example. The argument is set up in ridiculous proportions, even invoking the magical number seven. Now we know that a point is being made. Is there a resurrection of the dead? This was, as usually is the case for Jesus, more than just a theoretical argument or an abstract point.

In a land of occupation by the Roman armies, where their temple had been destroyed, many lives were lost, and outsiders inserted themselves into the lives, faith and traditions of the Jews – resurrection had deep and very lasting consequences. With it, the balance could be set right. The wrongs lived here would be erased there. Imagine a woman being passed from brother to brother as if she were just a possession or a thing to be owned – not unlike a slave.

In the resurrection of the dead, “they neither marry or are given in marriage; they can no longer die; they are like angels. God ... is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

Now this is profound truth. This is everlasting truth. This goes beyond seven of anything to the eternal God who lives in us and we in him. And that’s what Jesus said to them.

Father Perry D. Leiker is pastor of St. Bernard Church. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112, or email

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