Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 7, 2010
Luke 20: 27 – 38
During the month of November when the Church prays for all of the faithful departed, the discussion between the Sadducees and Christ calls to mind the reason for these prayers: our belief in the resurrection of the dead. Jesus rose from the dead and promised us that we too can look forward to our resurrection and to eternal life with Him.
This belief implies another important truth of our Faith: life after death. Many of our contemporaries no longer believe in this truth and this disbelief has led to a wide-spread carelessness and indifference in the way some people live their lives. Present in this erroneous thinking is both a strong desire to “live life to the full” and a subsequent refusal to take personal responsibility for their actions.
Such persons have failed to understand the teaching of Christ on this matter, Who revealed to us the promise of eternal life and the last judgment.
Life is a gift from God to be received with gratitude and appreciation and lived in the service of God and of others. Those who are faithful will rise to eternal life; those who are not faithful will be separated from God forever.
May each one of us live so as to be rewarded with eternal life and may we thank God for His love and mercy.
Eternal rest grant to the faithful departed, Lord, and may they rest in peace.