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Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus confronts the Sadducees, who did not believe in resurrection from the dead. They proposed a conundrum that they thought would disprove resurrection: If a woman married seven brothers, all of whom died, whose wife would she be in the resurrection?

Notice how Jesus deals with this little conundrum: he brushes it aside. Jesus says to them, “When they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like the angels in heaven.”

What’s he saying here as he brushes aside this little bit of casuistry? What is heaven? Is it escaping from the body? No, that’s not it. That’s not a biblical view. Heaven is a place where our bodiliness will be so rich and so intense that we will be able to relate to all those around us in the most intimate and powerful way possible.

And there we will be fully alive, for as Jesus explained from the Torah, God is not God of the dead but of the living.