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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

November 6, 2016

 

Gospel: Lk 20:27-38
 
 
Some Sadducees (1), those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If someone's brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died childless. Then the second and the third married her, and likewise all the seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been married to her.” Jesus said to them,
 
“The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed (2) worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush (3), when he called out ‘Lord,’ 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.”
 
http://www.usccb.org
 
The difficult words
 
(1)The Sadducees were a group of Jewish leaders who were experts in the law of Moses and who often tried to trick Jesus.
(2)Deemed means judged, or considered.
(3)The bush here refers to the burning bush from which God spoke to Moses.

This week’s spotlight
 
Christ, the firstborn from the dead
 
In the Letter to the Colossians (I: 18), Paul called Christ "the firstborn from the dead." He meant that Jesus was the first person to rise from the dead to eternal life. We believe that he has conquered death - not just for himself - but for all people of every time and place. He lives now with the Father and calls us to join him.
 
'We look for the resurrection of the dead'
 
When we die, our bodies turn to dust. But we believe that one day we will be alive with God for ever. This new life is not just in spirit, but also in body. We will be whole persons, full of joy. Our risen bodies will be different from the bodies that we have now. They will be glorious and beautiful, with no more death or pain. This is what it means in the Creed, when we say, "We  look for the resurrection of the dead."
 
Reflection
 
What comes next?
 
Everyone is born, grows up, matures, and dies. And what comes after death? We believe that death is not the end of life. God wants eternal life for us after death. In the Gospels, Jesus Christ explains that eternal life will be neither a separation from our lives on earth, nor some kind of recycling of our lives on earth. So what will it be like? With the exception of Jesus Christ, nobody really knows! But just believing in eternal life makes us look at this life differently. It’s sort of like looking at a caterpillar, knowing that one day it will become a butterfly. Eternal life gives infinite and unique value to each human life on earth. It lights up our lives on earth and prepares us to join Jesus Christ, whose life is eternal.
 
Discussion questions

1.  What is resurrection?
2.  Did all the Sadducees believe in resurrection?
3.  What did the Sadducees try to do to Jesus?
4.  What names did Moses call out when he talked to the Lord?
5.  What message did Jesus teach us from today’s gospel about good children?

 
Praying after Communion
 
After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself. If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say this prayer because of your desire to receive Jesus.
 
Father, through Jesus, in communion with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart. Thank you for raising your Son Jesus from the dead. Raise us to new life with him. Let us share the eternal life you want to give all people in the joy of your kingdom.
 
This week…
 
Let us live our lives anew
 
It’s easy to pass the joy of living on to those around you. Smiling is a good way to start. Go ahead and express your joy freely.
 
Get to know a unique person
 
There is probably already an older person in your life whom you like, perhaps a grandparent or neighbor. This week, ask that person to tell you about the highlights of his or her life.
 
Crossword Puzzle

 
 
 
Source: usccb.org -  Magnifikid - sermons4kids.comrclblectionary.com –usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm
 

 

 

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