(From the Bulletin of Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, November 6, 2016)
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today's theme is about Resurrection, a much-debated theme in Jewish history. In the first reading from the Second Book of Maccabees, we find a vivid description of martyrdom. It was a time when the people were being persecuted for their beliefs. Rather than violate their laws, the Maccabees chose death. Their belief in Resurrection is found in some remarks they made to King Seleucus IV Philopator, ruler of Syria. "You are depriving us of this present life, but the King of the world will raise us up to live again forever. It is for His laws that we are dying."
In the Gospel, Jesus is in debate with some Sadducees about Resurrection. He weakens the arguments of this group that denied the Resurrection by quoting a passage concerning God as "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." Jesus asserts that God is "not God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him all are alive."
Give some thought today about the millions of martyrs who have died to uphold God's laws. When we think about the reality that dedicated people died rather than violate their consciences, it touches something deep within our hearts. It inspires us with courage to defend our faith and to pray for those who are in actual danger of death because of their beliefs.
Fr. Louis Kemayou, Pastor