“Regarding the resurrection”…those are Jesus’ words from Matthew 22 verse 31. He taught about resurrection. He taught clearly and succinctly about the pivotal importance of the resurrection of the dead to the faith of those who would be his disciples. Let’s use today’s readings to remind ourselves of this critical teaching which has its roots in the very essence of the Old Testament.

Have you ever met a Pharisee? I have. Did you know you might be a closet Pharisee without even realizing it? I put these questions to you so that you will consider the rest of this discussion carefully. You see, Pharisees come in a wide variety of clothing. They are sneaky because they look like everybody else (other than those longer tassels). But they have a major defect of blindness to their own faults. And Jesus says this is a fatal error.