Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

2Mc. 7:1-2, 9-14 | Ps. 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 | 2Thes. 2:16-3:5 | Lk. 20:27-38

We are coming to the end of the Church year.  As we do we find that the readings draw our attention to eternal life.  The first reading relates the story of the seven brothers who believed so much in God and were so faithful to God’s teachings that they were willing to endure pain, torture and even death.  They possessed the great virtues of faithfulness and steadfastness.  Paul desires the Thessalonians to be faithful to the teachings of Christ and to pray for the people he is working with that they too might come to full faith in God.  Jesus on the other hand, is questioned concerning what will happen to the seven husbands of the one woman when they are in heaven.   Jesus’ response is that heaven is not about marriage.  Heaven is the place of God and God is not the God of the dead but of the living.  Once again we are called to that virtue of faith.  Those who are faithful on earth will find God faithful to them and responding to their faithfulness with eternal life.  

Pause to be with God through a prayerful re-reading of these scriptures.  Ask God for the gift of faithfulness so that you will carry God’s Word wherever you go and bring others to faith in God.

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