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Marriage and the Eternal Quality of Love

Certain Sadduccees tried to trick Jesus with a question that mocked the resurrection. They asked, without pure intent, whose wife a woman would be in the kingdom who had alternately married seven brothers, each dying in turn?

Luke 20: 34-38: “Jesus said to them, ‘The children of this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called ‘Lord’ the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

This teaching fits neatly into the appreciation of marriage as a sacrament. Marriage in this world is a sacred sign which participates in the great marriage banquet of heaven between the Lamb and his Church. When we rise to new life, there will be no more faith, because we will know the truth and see God face to face. Mortal marriage ends at the entry way from this world to the next because we will know a unity with the divine bridegroom. Having said this, death does not bring an end to love. Indeed, in Christ, love conquers the grave. Love is eternal because life is everlasting. The figure or sign of marriage will be replaced by that which is most real and pure. We will abide within God, that perfect union in divine love, forever.