It isn’t really about levirate marriage,
mocked in the Sadducee story
of the woman married to seven brothers,
the early welfare meant to care
for destitute widows.
All wealthy men, Sadducees,
they tell it like the poverty of women
is half stand-up comedy joke,
half trap for the out-of-town prophet.
Under the facade
Jesus answers the question we all have –
how will I be resurrected?
Will I be the child playing,
or the child fearful,
the restless teen, the lover,
a parent, a profession,
one disappointed by life,
one living through dementia or cancer?
Many more than seven are
the people I have been,
so who will I be,
when I meet –
the bush, rock, wind,
mother hen, spirit, parent, fire?
Always there will be someone
joking about human lives,
but the true punchline is love.
As for traps,
the resurrection is have-a-heart.
“For to God all of them are alive.” (Luke 20:38b)
Hamilton, Anton Ignaz. White hen with chickens, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55391 [retrieved November 2, 2022]. Original source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hamilton_White_hen_with_chickens.jpg.