NOVEMBER 10, 2019 32ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Lec, 156)
1) 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
2) 2 Thessalonians 2:16–3:5
3) Luke 20:27-38 or 20:27, 34-38 Gospel related: CCC 330
In our life of faith, we are often confronted by beliefs and views that contradict and challenge our Christian faith. In today’s Gospel, Jesus is confronted by the views of the Sadducees on the thorny issue of resurrection – what can we expect after death?
A priestly group within Judaism, the Sadducees were wealthy families who valued social and economic status over the piety and learning that was important to the Pharisees. Most relevant to this encounter with Jesus, they did not believe in or follow any scriptural precepts beyond the Torah – and thus did not believe in the concepts of immortality of the soul or resurrection after death.
But rather than engage them in their rather exaggerated and silly scenario about the seven brothers and the one wife, Jesus instead compares the ways of this world to the ways of the kingdom of God. The God we worship is the God of the living, not of the dead. Those who belong to God and who serve him in life are rightly described as children of God – heirs of the kingdom – who will rise to new life in the resurrection. The rest, those whom Jesus describes as the children of this age, have no hope within them. They are lost for they have nothing to trust in.
As we focus today on our ultimate destiny, let us use the words of SaintPaul and pray that the Lord will direct and encourage our hearts to his love and endurance. May he keep us faithful and strengthen us to be on guard against the Evil One and all that would separate us from the very love and life of God.