32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time C

November 6, 2022

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

It is strange to realize that most of the people of the Old Testament did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. By the first century B.C. a few Jews had come to accept the idea. Conservatives, such as the Sadducees, still rejected it. They cringed at Jesus’ preaching about the resurrection and tried to belittle him. Today’s attack is prompted by an obscure law. If a man died without children his brother, his brother had to marry the widow and have children by her. They were still considered the children of the first husband.

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2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14

They marveled at his courage

  • The Books of Maccabees tell the story of the second-century B.C. revolt and those who gave their lives for the freedom to worship.
  • One of the legendary heroes of this revolt was the mother of seven sons.
  • She encouraged her sons to accept martyrdom bravely rather than abandon their faith.


2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5

May God console your heart

  • In 2 Thessalonians, Paul continues to admonish those who were expecting the world to end immediately.
  • He encourages them to stand firm and persevere in faith.
  • Paul also asks the people to pray for him and his companions.


 Luke 20:27-38

God is not a God of the dead but of the living

  • In the gospel, the issue of resurrection is raised by the Sadducees, who did not believe in life after death.
  • The Sadducees were aristocratic leaders who criticized the Pharisees and their interpretation of the law.
  • Jesus corrects the Sadducees’ presumption that life after death must be just like life on earth. In heaven, the marriage relationship will become a new kind of communal life.

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