Reflection from Fr. Taylor: November 6, 2016, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5 Luke 20:27-38

God is not of the dead but of the living.

During this time of November we think of All Saints, All Souls and also the coming to the end of the church’s year in preparation for Advent.  We begin to think of our own mortality.  We could be doing a lot, but still feel that our lives do not have much meaning.  We  even ask sometimes what’s the point of all that we do, if it ends with death.

The key is our never ending hope and belief, that life has changed, but never ended.  All of the  cycles of the church’s year remind us of this.  In today’s  readings we hear a message of unshakable hope in God’s victory over sin and death.  Every time we offer a funeral Mass we express our trust in God when we profess our belief that at death “life is changed, but not taken away.”  Even the Holy Eucharist is an expression of that belief in the Good News that Jesus is risen  and He has won for us a life that death can never take away.

Yes there is a meaning to our lives whether we realize it  or not.  All we have to do is look around at all of those among us whose lives are made better every day by the good that they do and good that we do.  We must never think that life is not worth living.  We have the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus to prove that this is not so.

 

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