November 10, 2013

November 10

November 10, 2013:   32nd Sunday, Ordinary Time


  • 2 Mc 7:1-2, 9-14  King tortured 7 brothers, mother to eat pork.  "We die for the King who will raise us up to live forever."  "I choose to die, hope God will raise me."

  • 2 Thes 2:16-3:5  May Christ encourage and strengthen you.  Pray for us that God's word may speed forward.  Faithful Lord will guard you from the evil one.  May the Lord give you love and endurance.

  • Lk 20:27-38   Sadducees:  "Each of 7 brothers married a woman but died childless.  At the resurrection whose wife will she be?"  Jesus:  "The dead will rise.  Those worthy of the resurrection don't marry, aren't given in marriage; they're God's children, like angels.  God is not God of the dead but of the living; to him all are alive."

  • Pope Francis Angelus:   The risen will live in as we can't imagine.  God's name is tied to the names of people; the tie is stronger than death.  The most important tie is with Jesus, the Life and Resurrection, who defeated death, in whom God gives everyone eternal life; we hope for life more real than this one.  Eternity illuminates life on earth, not vice versa.  Our path isn't from life towards death but from death towards fuller life.  Death is behind us, not ahead.  God, joy, light, defeat of sin and death are ahead; we get a foretaste now as we encounter Jesus and his love here in prayer, Sacraments, and community.
  • Creighton:  King Antiochus after ravaging Jerusalem left officials to force Jews to reject God.  Brothers and mother, faithful on earth, are killed for faith in God who will raise them up.  “Law” is way to live relationship of praise and trust, over inner law of selfishness, outer laws of nations.  Gospel is mousetrap story...
  • RC.netWe're like Sadducees when we try to make heaven into an earthly image.  Friendship doesn't end with death.  "No eye has seen, no ear heard, no heart conceived what God has prepared for those who love him."  Do I live in the joy and hope of eternal life?
  • Universalis:  Pope St. Leo the Great, promoter of unity and faith 



  •  "People" tie pin:  brothers and mother (1st reading), brothers and wife (gospel)
  • Crown of Claddagh tie pin:  King Antiochus Epiphanes (1st reading), Christ the King

  • Heart of Claddagh tie pin:  God's love (2nd reading and...)

  • "Angel" pin:  "they are like angels" (gospel)

  • "Sandwiches with Tabasco" tie:  King trying to get brothers to eat pork (1st reading), eschatological banquet (gospel, inferred)

  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time (season)

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