Catholic Men’s Daily Devotional – Ninth Week in Ordinary Time – Wednesday – Mark 12:18-27
Having previously defeated theological challenges from the priests, scribes and elders (Mark 12:1-12) and the Herodians and Pharisees (Mark 13-17), Jesus now is confronted by the Sadducees, semi-secular Jews of the leader class who collaborated with the Romans.
Believing that “when you’re dead, you’re dead,” the Sadducees smugly attempt to discredit Jesus by asking His response to an absurd scenario which they believe proves there is no resurrection. The scenario is based on Mose’s directive that men are duty-bound to marry and have children with their sister-in-laws if their brother dies with no descendants. The Sadducees lay out their scenario of a woman who marries seven brothers in succession as they each die without children. Their question: After the woman dies, which of the brothers will she be married to in the resurrected afterlife?
Jesus strongly rebukes the Sadducees twice, telling them they “are misled”; this is both true and a stinging public humiliation. Jesus tells the Sadducees they don’t know Scripture and don’t know the power of God. He gives a firsthand glimpse of Heaven, revealing that after the resurrection, male and female remain but don’t marry and will be like the angels. Jesus finishes by showing their ignorance of Scripture, correcting them with the truth that God is the God of the living.
Awed by Jesus Christ – Jesus, The Divine Prophet, doesn’t mince words, rebuking and humiliating men who arrogantly perpetuate errors or who seek to attack Him; Christ inspired Scripture and has instant recall of all Scripture. Jesus Christ, the Word who is the seat of all Wisdom, the Eternal Son who was with the Father from the beginning, reveals a small glimmer of the afterlife.
Being a Heroic Catholic Man
1) It is not unusual for men today to cherry pick Scripture, becoming “scripture twisters” like the Sadducees to win arguments. Commit to build deep understanding of Scripture as taught by the Catholic Church, which Christ founded, and where the fullness of truth resides.
2) Realize that like the Risen Christ, your body will be glorified and miraculously transcend time and space; you will be “like an angel.” Imagine what this glorious new life might be like.
3) Each time a man says the Creed in Mass or in praying the Rosary, he is making a solemn vow that he believes everything in the Creed. Given that is is both duplicitous and dangerous to profess things you don’t fully understand or believe, commit to build your understanding of the Resurrection (see CCC 988-1019).
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