It is so annoying when someone asks you questions just to try and trip you up! You know form the nature of the questions that the dialogue is a complete and utter waste of time, but they still persist! May God grant us the perseverance to endure such experiences! Jesus encounters something similar to this in the Gospel. The Sadducees are looking for evidence in Jesus’ teaching in order to lay a charge against Him. They thought they had the perfect question to trip Him up. But they were wrong! Jesus gets the better of them and He does so by appealing to the Scriptures. At the same time, Jesus teaches us to focus upon life rather than trying to determine all the ‘ins and outs’ of what will happen after we die. It is too late then to change anything, so let us focus on the things we can change, now, during our lifetimes.

The resurrection of Jesus does not just have an effect upon us after we die, enabling us to gain eternal life. It is also for the present! Through the power of the resurrection we can begin to die to the sin in our lives now! We do not have to wait until we die for this to happen. The Sadducees are wasting their time and efforts trying to be clever and it is all for nothing. So often our own lives are spent worrying about things we cannot or simply are not going to change. We need to have the wisdom to discern the things that we are able to change and then throw all our resources and efforts into changing them for the better.

Too often we are guilty of wasting the talents and resources God has given us. We will have to give an account of this when we die. There are people in the world who have very little or nothing in the way of material wealth and then there are others who have a surplus of virtually everything. There is a challenge here for those who are willing to take it on. Surely there is a moral imperative that calls the rich and wealthy to forgo some of their comforts in order to provide the essentials of life for those who do not have them? Alone we are probably not going to make much of a difference, however, if enough people in the wealthy countries can adopt the principle: “live simply so that others may simply live,” then maybe, just maybe, things might slowly begin to change.

Do I waste a lot of energy and time worrying about things I cannot change? Why? Is it to avoid having to do something about the things I can change?

Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to allow you Holy Spirit to empower me to change the things in my life that I need to change, particularly removing any sin from it. Help me to be positive in the way I approach life by taking the opportunities you give me to grow in holiness.