Readings: November 10, 2013, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
- 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
A Mother and Her Sons Die for Their Faith
It happened that a Jewish mother and her seven sons were arrested. The king was having them beaten to force them to eat pork. Then one of the young men said,
“What do you hope to gain by doing this? We would rather die than abandon the traditions of our ancestors.”
With his dying breath he cried out to the king,
‘You butcher! You may kill us, but the King of the universe will raise us from the dead and give us eternal life, because we have obeyed his laws.’
The soldiers began entertaining themselves with the third brother. When he was ordered to stick out his tongue, he quickly did so. Then he bravely held out his hands and courageously said,
God gave these to me. But his laws mean more to me than my hands, and I know God will give them back to me again. The king and those with him were amazed at his courage and at his willingness to suffer.
After he had died, the soldiers tortured the fourth one in the same cruel way, but his final words were, I am glad to die at your hands, because we have the assurance that God will raise us from death. But there will be no resurrection to life for you!
(Good News Translation © 1992 by American Bible Society)
- 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
Brothers and sisters: May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech.
Those Who Are Lazy
One more thing, friends: Pray for us. Pray that the Master’s Word will simply take off and race through the country to a groundswell of response, just as it did among you. And pray that we’ll be rescued from these scoundrels who are trying to do us in. I’m finding that not all “believers” are believers. But the Master never lets us down. He’ll stick by you and protect you from evil.
Because of the Master, we have great confidence in you. We know you’re doing everything we told you and will continue doing it. May the Master take you by the hand and lead you along the path of God’s love and Christ’s endurance.
(The Message Bible © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson)
- Luke 20:27-38
All Intimacies Will Be with God
Some Sadducees came up. This is the Jewish party that denies any possibility of resurrection. They asked, “Teacher, Moses wrote us that if a man dies and leaves a wife but no child, his brother is obligated to take the widow to wife and get her with child. Well, there once were seven brothers. The first took a wife. He died childless. The second married her and died, then the third, and eventually all seven had their turn, but no child. After all that, the wife died. That wife, now—in the resurrection whose wife is she? All seven married her.”
Jesus said, “Marriage is a major preoccupation here, but not there. Those who are included in the resurrection of the dead will no longer be concerned with marriage nor, of course, with death. They will have better things to think about, if you can believe it. All ecstasies and intimacies then will be with God. Even Moses exclaimed about resurrection at the burning bush, saying, ‘God: God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob!’ God isn’t the God of dead men, but of the living. To him all are alive.”
(The Message Bible© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson)