32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time C

November 6, 2022


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Luke 20:28

This verse is based upon Deuteronomy 25:5: “If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead shall not be married outside the family to a stranger; her husband’s brother shall go in to her, and take her as his wife, and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her.” (RSV)

Luke 20:34

“people of this age” is literally “sons of this age.” Jesus used this phrase to compare those living before the advent of the Kingdom with those who live in God’s reign. Unlike many other references to the pre-Kingdom populace, no condemnation or moral weakness is hinted here. This passage cannot not be used to reject sex or marriage. Jesus is simply stating the facts.

Luke 20:36

“they are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.” Notice Jesus equated “adopted sonship” with those God will raise up. He opposed the “sons of God, sons of the resurrection” with the “sons of this age” in 20:34.
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Luke 20:27

We tend to lump Sadducees and Pharisees together as opponents of Jesus, but the two groups are quite different:
• Sadducees They reject the idea of resurrection, because it is not found in the Torah. They emphasize free will instead of determinism. Interestingly, scholars agree that Sadducees do not believe in angels, but angels are found in the Torah (Genesis 16:7; 21:17; 22:11, etc.). I don’t profess to understand why they don’t believe in angels.
• Pharisees are more religious and less political. They accept both Torah and Prophets as authoritative scripture, and rely heavily on oral tradition to understand scripture. They believe in resurrection, a concept not fully developed in the Old Testament and not mentioned in the Torah.

Luke 20:27b

The Sadducees accept only the Torah as scripture. They refuse to believe in the resurrection because the Torah does not explicitly teach it.
The word resurrection does not appear in the Old Testament, but the beginnings of the concept are found in Job 19:26; Psalm 16:10; 49:15; Isaiah 25:8; 26:16-19; Daniel 12:2; and Hosea 13:14. Ezekiel 37 tells of dry bones rising to life, but the image is that of the Jewish nation rather than individuals. The idea of resurrection is further developed in the apocrypha (see 2 Maccabees 7).

Luke 20:38

“In what sense are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob alive? Did Jesus (and Luke) mean that their ‘souls’ were with God, i.e., they were immortal? Or did he mean that although they were not presently alive they would be on the day of resurrection and that because of God’s covenant with the patriarchs a resurrection was necessary? …For both Jesus and Luke the resurrection of the dead was clearly a future event (Luke 14:14; Acts 23:6; 24:15, 21). Nevertheless in some way they believed that the patriarchs were alive at the present time. Jesus and Luke believed both in a conscious life immediately after death (cf. Luke 16:19-31; Luke 23:39-43) as well as a final day of resurrection” (Stein, 500).


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SOURCE: Dr. Brant Pitre

Will there be Marriage in the Resurrection?

And, when the Sadducees approached Jesus about marriage in the resurrection, attempting to trip him up, Jesus makes some pretty bold assertions, almost as if he is speaking with authority as one who knows or has been to the locale where those who are resurrected will arrive. Listen and consider to how Jesus speaks of the resurrection of the body, life after death, and marriage in the life to come in this video clip with Dr. Brant Pitre.


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Now He is God Not of the Dead but of the Living

This attractive story—especially appealing to children—is found only in Luke’s Gospel. It is given an important place in the journey narrative, at the point where the road heads upwards towards Jerusalem. The matching first reading from Wisdom profiles the related theme of mercy but there are many more links, which the alert reader will notice.


SOURCE: Dr. Kieran J. O’Mahony, OSA

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Homily help highlighting care for our common home.


Although “the wickedness of man was great on the earth” (Gen 6:5) … nonetheless, through Noah, who remained innocent and just, God decided to open a path of salvation. In this way he gave humanity the chance of a new beginning. All it takes is one good person to restore hope. The biblical tradition clearly shows that this renewal entails recovering and respecting the rhythms inscribed in nature by the hand of the Creator. (71)

There is reason to hope that humanity at the dawn of the twenty-first century will be remembered for having generously shouldered its grave responsibilities. (165)

May our struggles and concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope. God, who calls us to generous commitment and to give him our all, offers us the light and the strength needed to continue on our way. In the heart of this world, the Lord of life, who loves us so much, is always present. He does not abandon us, he does not leave us alone . . . his love constantly impels us to find new ways forward. Praise be to him! (244, 245)

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Faith and Hope: Courage in Suffering, and Trust in Eternal Life


Our World is Suffering at the Hands of Humans – Those Actually Entrusted with its Stewardship

SOURCE: Catholic Climate Covenant and the Association of Unites States Catholic Priests

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The Hope of Resurrection and Deliverance from Persecution


Heroic Martyrdom for the sake of the Resurrection

The story as a historical basis. Ancient secular documents attest to the suffering endured by the Jews in the 2nd century BC during the period of Seleucid Greek domination of Judah. The Greek Seleucids were intent in their efforts to eradicate the Jewish religion and culture centered on their belief in one God to be replaced by Hellenistic culture and the worship of pagan Greek idols.

The reading records the faith of a woman’s seven sons in defending their belief in the God of Israel and their obedience to the Law of Moses. Each son, in turn, endured torture and martyrdom rather than deny the One True God.

The story should invite each of us to an examination of conscience in asking ourselves, “Am I prepared to suffer martyrdom for Christ, believing that there is an eternal life open to me beyond this temporal life?” and, “Is denying Christ in this temporal life worth risking my eternal salvation?”

Jesus promised us that if we deny Him before others, He will deny us on the Day of Judgment. However, if we acknowledge Him, He will defend us in the presence of angels before the throne of His heavenly Father (Luke 12:8-9).


Encouragement to Persevere

Paul encouraged the congregation to continue in good works and share God’s word in the Gospel. Paul promised that these righteous acts would strengthen them in faith and bring them closer to the glory of God.

He also asked for their prayers for him and his missionary team. Paul asked them to pray that the Gospel message of salvation they preached would spread quickly and be received in faith as it was among the members of their community. He also asked them to pray that God would protect the missionary team from persecution by those who rejected Jesus’s Gospel of salvation.

Today, we must continue St. Paul’s same petitions for the servants of Jesus Christ who carry the Gospel message of salvation to communities and across the face of the earth.


The Sadducees question Jesus on the Resurrection

Jesus rebuked the Sadducees who rejected the doctrine of the resurrection. Correcting their misconceptions, He told them that resurrected life would be very different from life on earth. Marriage and children were only blessings in the material world. Since life is eternal, there would no longer be any need to produce more generations in the heavenly kingdom. Resurrected life in both body and spirit is eternal; therefore, in Heaven, it will no longer be necessary for the sacrament of marriage, which is an earthly partnership with God to increase the population on earth.

The hope of humanity’s physical resurrection in the Second Advent of Christ is one of the great gifts of our promised eternal salvation. Just before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, a promise of our future resurrection at the end of the Age of Man, He told Lazarus’s grieving sister Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” And then, Jesus asked her, “Do you believe this?” (Jn 11:25-26).

This is the question that our readings ask us today: “Can you persevere in suffering to continue in faith, taking strength from the promises of God?” and “Do you believe when Jesus returns in His Second Advent that He has the power to raise you from death to a new and eternal life in both body and spirit?” Your entire eternal future depends on your answers to these questions.

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