First Reading: 2Mc 7: 1-2, 9-14
Psalm Response: Ps 17: 1, 5-6, 8, 15
Second Reading: 2Thes 2: 16-3: 5
Gospel: Lk 20: 27-38
Jesus is nearing the conclusion of his journey here on earth when the Sadducees try to discredit Jesus’ teaching on the Resurrection. We don’t know what the Resurrection will be like but we do know eternal life will be different than our temporal existence. We do know in our resurrected life we will be nearer the presence of God. We don’t know what relationships will be like, but we do know we will be related to each other through our relationship with God. Jesus tells us that the God is the God of the living and not the dead and at the Resurrection we will be raised up forever and will see God face to face.
We live in hope and we die in hope. We need to share this hope with each other. In November, we remember our loved ones as we let go of them to find their way into the arms of God. This is the eternal hope which is the root of our joy.
Loving God, hear our prayer and strengthen our hope that our dearly departed will share in your Resurrection and when our time comes we will join them in your eternal glory. Amen.
Janet Sturwold, Associate