for Sunday, November 06, 2016
Resurrection! Christ is risen from the dead! If Christ has not risen, our life is in vain. You and I are invited this Sunday to deepen our belief that Christ is risen from the dead and will raise us up with Him.
The first reading is from the Second Book of Maccabees and gives the account of a mother and her sons who are tortured to try to make them give up their beliefs. None of them do and the Romans are amazed just as they are relentless. So also today people are amazed when some Christians speak clearly that Jesus is God and will raise us up on the last day. For many people, Jesus is simply a good man and a religious teacher - but certainly not God and not risen from the dead.
The second reading comes from the Second Letter to the Thessalonians. This letter tells us today: "the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one." This is part of the teaching of the Church and we must always listen attentively. No one, neither human nor devil, can separate us from Christ if we hold fast to Him. Christ is always with us and will give us His strength.
The Gospel from Saint Luke today is a well-known story about a woman whose husband dies, and then a whole series of brothers marry her, one after one, and then the Sadducees ask Jesus who will have this woman in the life of the world to come. The Sadducees ask this question because they don't believe in the resurrection. Jesus is able to respond and show that God is a God of the living and not of the dead.
This whole Sunday Mass is about resurrection today and we are challenged to accept that Jesus does teach that there is resurrection from the dead and that God is a God of living people. We live this faith by living as Jesus taught us and loving all others. We show our faith in the Resurrection of Jesus by respecting all life and by living in our own lives in a way that reflects the life of the world to come.
We are in the last days of Ordinary Time and soon will transition to Advent. The readings today lead us towards Advent by calling us to reflect on the deepest meaning of life: relationship with God and living in God's presence.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: 2 Maccabees 7.1-2, 7, 9-14++
Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2.16 – 3.5
Gospel: Luke 20.27-38
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