In the Gospel the Sadducees (who resolutely denied resurrection from the dead) attempted to divide Jesus from the people, fearing a Roman repression. The Sadducees were a spiritual stream of Late Judaism and together with the Pharisees formed the ruling class of Israel. They were cultured, coming from priestly families, aristocrats, and by their ranks were the chief priests who represented all Israel in front of the Roman occupation.
The Good News of Resurrection divides; even Saint Paul in Athens’ Areopagus will experience this division: “We would like to hear you talk about this another time.” (Acts 17, 32). We must not create divisions; all creatures are daughters of the resurrection. We who have received baptism have the task of announcing this Word of Hope. We must proclaim it, spread it but without the hardness of those who feel master of truth, because the truth of the resurrection has no masters, but only witnesses.
The book of Maccabees tells, while they were fighting Antioco IV Epiphans, they witnessed their faith by offering their life for the love of the people. How many men and women did the same in history. Let us remember the Blessed Bishop Romero a few days before being killed said: “I will resuscitate with my people of Salvador who will rise again”
Resurrection is strongly connected with justice says the Scriptures and should bring all the usurpers down and instead we see that many are still in their place; this means that our faith is somewhere corrupted, alienated, thinking to heaven but no longer making choices that allows the liberation of the oppressed on earth. The Word has “released us from corrupt and wicked men”, says Saint Paul.
Why are you looking for the dead who is alive? These words of the evangelist Luke maintain intact their beauty. The God of Jesus Christ is the one who is alive; this is His name. If He is alive, He calls me, He looks for me, He asks for works of righteousness, of liberation and charity. In the waiting of being able to meet Him in the Glory of the resurrection.