Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Can you see clearly?

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Sr Melanie Edwards MGL Sister (No.126)

 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark 12:18-27
Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying,  “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. There were seven brothers; the first married and, when he died, left no children;  and the second married the widow and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise;  none of the seven left children. Last of all the woman herself died.  In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had married her.”
Jesus said to them, “Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.

And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.

Have you ever seen one of those optical illusions images – the kind where you look the first time and see one thing, and look again to see another? My favourite is one where you can see an old woman and a young woman in the same image. I naturally see the old woman first, and have to look hard to find the young woman in the picture, but when I do I realise how much richer the image actually is.
The Sadducees believed that there was no resurrection and they seemed unable to move beyond this understanding. They were so stuck on seeing things in their particular way that they could not comprehend or make room for the powerful truth that Jesus wanted to share with them. It was as if their eyes were only able to see from an earthly perspective, rather than the larger vision Jesus was offering to them.
As Christians, we believe in the resurrection, but perhaps we are a bit like the Sadducees in other areas of our lives – unable to see a different perspective which God may be wanting to show us. We are invited to allow Jesus to broaden our vision so that we might see our lives in the way that he would want us to. This is surely a much richer image of life than we can ever see on our own.

Is there something in my life that I need to see with new eyes? As you pray today, ask Jesus to show you something new.

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.
Sr Melanie Edwards MGL Sister

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