Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Three levels of life: 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.


Parallel readings this weekend:
2 Maccabees 7
·       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.”
o   Interesting law—the Jewish (even today) do not eat pork
·      Testing Jesus Christ
·      If someone's brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother.
o   An odd law
Each died
·      7 brothers and their mother were killed in 2 Maccabees
·      The story with a wife and 7 husbands that die
Why are these readings in Mass?
·      Life…resurrection…heaven
o   4th brother: “It is my choice to die at the hands of me with the hope God gives of being raised up by him; but for you, there will be no resurrection to life.”
§  Martyrs who gave their lives
o   Jesus: “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.”
November is an interesting month
·      These are the last weeks of our Liturgical Calendar
o   32nd, 33rd, 34th last weekends
o   We begin a new “circle” when Advent begins a new year
o   We have many readings in important—even challenging—our beliefs
§  Death, heaven, purgatory, hell
o   Areas that we must remember and think about
·      We pray for those who have died (in our book of life)
·      We began with
o   November 1st: All Saints (all brothers and sisters in heaven)
o   November 2nd: All Souls (all brothers and sisters that are being cleansed in purgatory)
This is a great time to pray and think about our family—what do we do as a family to walk together to God in heaven?
·      We are on earth
o   We are to pray for those who have died
o   We are to serve for them with time, talent and treasure
·      Brothers and sisters are “on the way” we must receive works, prayers
o   They are being cleansed in purgatory
o   We do not know the place or time
·      Saints in heaven
o   They pray for us and our brothers and sisters on earth and in purgatory
Let us walk together with all of our brothers and sisters—though we know, we remember and even those we do not even know

·      These last few weeks in Ordinary Time, let us learn, pray and walk to Jesus

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