32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, November 10, 2019

First reading: 2 Mac. 7:1-2,9-14

It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the king, to force them to eat pork in violation of God’s law. One of the brothers, speaking for the others, said: “What do you expect to achieve by questioning us? We are ready to die rather than transgress the laws of our ancestors.”

At the point of death he said: “You accursed fiend, 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.”

After him the third suffered their cruel sport. He put out his tongue at once when told to do so, and bravely held out his hands, as he spoke these noble words: “It was from Heaven that I received these; for the sake of his laws I disdain them; from him I hope to receive them again.” Even the king and his attendants marveled at the young man's courage, because he regarded his sufferings as nothing.

After he had died, they tortured and maltreated the fourth brother in the same way. When he was near death, he said, “It is my choice to die at the hands of men with the hope God gives of being raised up by him; but for you, there will be no resurrection to life.”

Second reading: 2 Thes. 2:16-3:5

Brothers and sisters: May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word.

Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may speed forward and be glorified, as it did among you, and that we may be delivered from perverse and wicked people, for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. We are confident of you in the Lord that what we instruct you, you are doing and will continue to do. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ.

Gospel: Lk. 20:27-38

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If someone's brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died childless. Then the second and the third married her, and likewise all the seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been married to her.” Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called out ‘Lord,’ the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

In other words Fr. Atilano Corcuera, SVD (Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City)

One big reason why I decided to become a priest was a sermon delivered by a young priest during a Perpetual Help novena. He spoke about eternity and heaven, using simple analogies. For instance, he said that if we compared eternity to millions of years, eternity has not yet begun. With heaven, he also said that if we compared the happiness in heaven to the happiest moment in our life, multiply that feeling to a million times, the joy in heaven is just beginning. There and then, I decided that I wanted to go there. And to have a high probability of reaching heaven, I decided to become a priest.

Of course, this was the time before I studied philosophy, theology, and the Bible. Now I have discovered that while I want to go to heaven, God in his goodness infinitely desires it first, that I, we all, go to heaven. In fact, that is why he created humans, so that there will be communion of saints there. “In my Father’s house there are many rooms…” To make sure that we reach our true destiny, Jesus offered his life for our salvation.

The problem is, God who created us without asking our “permission,” cannot bring us to the joy of heaven without our “permission.” Do we want to share God’s infinite glory? The answer lies in our day-to-day lives—in the decisions we make, in the thoughts that we nurture, in the words that we speak, and in the actions that we do. Do we live our lives in the light of eternity?

Tags: Bible reflection, Witness to the Word