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Cougar Dad's Club

Cougar Dads Bible Study

Next meeting: Friday, November 8, 2019, 7:30-8:00am
Location: Holy Spirit Catholic Church, bride's room left of sanctuary

Questions?  Contact Jason Neff, jneff01@gmail.com or 785.383.0927

Study Notes for Friday (11/8/19)

Printable packet:

StudyNotes.8Nov19.pdf

 

READ: Luke 20:27-38

 

27 There came to him some Sadducees, those who say that there is no resurrection, 28 and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the wife and raise up children for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and died without children; 30 and the second 31 and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. 32 Afterward the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.” 

34 And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage; 35 but those who are accounted worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, 36 for they cannot die any more, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living; for all live to him.”

 

 

PERSONAL MEDITATION - Fr. John Bartunek, from The Better Part

 

Saving the Sadducees

 

“Living faith working through love – this is what leads men to put aside the goods of the present in the hope of those of the future, and to look to the future rather than to the present.”

 

– Pope Benedict XIV

 

Christ as Teacher

 

The lesson Jesus teaches his attackers strikes home as much for us as for them.  They were conceiving of heaven in earthly terms and applying human restrictions to God.  The doctrine of eternal life and the resurrection of the dead threatened the worldly lifestyle of the Sadducees; if there really is life after death, then they would have to adjust their pattern of life on earth to be ready for it – something they were reluctant to do.  Christ’s answer points out both their theological and their moral blunders. 

 

God has revealed himself as the living God, powerful enough to give eternal life and, to raise us from the dead, just as Christ’s own resurrection would prove definitively.  Furthermore, the pleasures and obligations of this life will be transformed in the life to come.  Even marriage, one of the most sacred of human institutions, will fall away in the newness of heaven, where the love we practiced on earth will be caught up into a higher love, bringing our longing for union with God and one another to its utter fulfillment.

 

 

DAD’S MEDITATION

 

How easy it is to make God in our image rather than to remember that we are made in His image!  This seems to be the mistake of the Sadducees.  When they cannot conceive of how something can be in their own minds, using their own reasoning, they assume Jesus must be wrong.  Consider the import of the scene for a moment…these people actually believe they have the God of the entire universe stumped about the resurrection (of course they don’t know that he is God – but they are presumptuous all the same).  

 

When we view the scene as Bible readers with the benefit of the gift of faith and knowledge as to how Jesus’ earthly story ends, it’s easy to scoff at the Sadducees.  But in reality, we act similarly in our own lives constantly.  How often are we given some particular trial or suffering we don’t understand, and either subtly or openly accuse God of not having our best interest at heart?  How often do we resist God and try to have it “our way”?  When we reject God’s will for our lives, we are guilty of the same type of pride as the Sadducees.  We see something we don’t understand, assume we can’t possibly be wrong in our assessment of the situation, and accuse God of error by how we react.  Or maybe there are certain teachings of Jesus that we find difficult, so we try to find ways to “reinterpret” those teachings, effectively substituting the authority Jesus gave the church in the magisterium for our own “personal magisterium.”

 

Humility.  That’s the key.  So difficult, and yet it is the key to unlocking the true wisdom God wants to share with us.

 

 

REFLECT:

 

  1. What are some telltale signs that maybe we are falling into subjectivism, preferring our own version of the gospel, maybe one that fits well with personal likes and dislikes, personal “comfort zones”?

 

  1. Can you think of an instance where you effectively rejected God by refusing to accept some circumstance or hardship in your life?

 

  1. How do we teach our children the humility to revere Christ’s teaching and will and not reinvent them in our own image?

 

 

FURTHER STUDY: Catechism and Ignatius Bible Study Notes

 

Catechism:

 

2089 Incredulity is the neglect of revealed truth or the willful refusal to assent to it. “Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same; apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith; schism is the refusal of submission to the Roman Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him.” (162; 817)

 

 

Ignatius Bible Study notes:

 

20:27–40 The Sadducees challenge Jesus about his teaching on the afterlife. They are convinced that the Mosaic Law says nothing about a future resurrection (20:27) and so present him with a dilemma: If Moses permits a woman to remarry every time her husband dies (Deut 25:5), will this not bring confusion into the next life? How will she determine who is her legitimate spouse if all of them are raised? Jesus deals with his objectors on their own terms: first, by denying that marriage exists in the next life and, second, by deliberately citing the Mosaic Law against them. ● The burning bush episode shows that Yahweh identified himself with the patriarchs long after their death (Ex 3:6). If Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are still with God, then life must endure beyond death and a future resurrection is implied in the Pentateuch. See topical essay: Who Are the Sadducees? at Mk 12.

 

20:36 equal to angels: Like the angels, the saints will be clothed in glory and immortality; but, unlike the angels, they will ultimately live in resurrected bodies and not as disembodied spirits (1 Cor 15:35–50). They are thus equal in some respects, but not the same in all respects. ● Belief in the general resurrection is central to the Christian faith. The Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed both state that our physical bodies will be raised again to enjoy eternal life.

The Cougar Dads Club is open to all Holy Spirit Prep men!  

The Dads Club offers an opportunity to interact and contribute through:

  • Periodic social activities - School kickoff social, Braves night, Pig Roast, and more!
  • Faith formation through biweekly Scripture reflections on the Sunday Mass readings - our "Dads Cougar Convers(at)ions" (Friday mornings from 7:30-8am in the Lower School Intermediate Bldg - main floor)
  • Cougar Dads service day at Holy Spirit Prep

Our biweekly newsletter - the Cougar Dad Cave - is designed to keep Dads appraised of Dads Club and Dad-oriented school activities, as well as provide ongoing faith formation through Scripture, the Church, and other media relevant for fathers.

Email Jason Neff, Cougar Dads Club leader at jneff01@gmail.com for more information.