Thirty Second Sunday In Ordinary Time – 10 November 2019


Our scriptures this Sunday bring us face to face with death. No one escapes death; it’s a reality that we all need to come to terms with. Just as each of us was born so we will die. As Christians we have a certain belief and understanding in regard to death. We believe that beyond death we shall continue to live in God’s love.

The story from Maccabees is an extraordinary faith story. The seven Maccabee brothers along with their mother show their absolute faithfulness to the law of God and their great belief in the resurrection. One by one, each brother and their mother refused to deny their faith and suffered martyrdom, heroic behaviour comes from their faith in the       resurrection. They know from Wisdom “that the souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God.”

We could do well to emulate them by making faith in the Resurrection central to our lives.

The Sadducees unlike the Pharisees, did not believe in the Resurrection. Their question is raised in the hope of catching Jesus out.

Their question involves a speculation about what happens or could happen after we die.

We all wonder about life after death. Life and death are very much at the heart of the mystery that we call God.

Jesus responds to their question by answering that marriage belongs to this age in which we all die, not in the time to come when people no longer die.

Nothing of our earthly institutions continue in the age to come. Life after death is nothing like the life we live while on earth.

We all wonder, at times, as to how and when we might die. Personally, I have only one hope in regard to how I might die. My hope is that I die as Jesus died. He died – hoping and trusting that God would be there for him.

Could there be a better way to die, than to die as Jesus did, hoping and trusting that he will be there for me.

Death never has the last word for a believer. Death is a passing into God, a homecoming into the mystery of God.

Let us focus on the God of Jesus who is always Life in all his fullness!

Monsignor Paul Farmer

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