The 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend, we celebrate the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The gospel reading that is found below may be a bit confusing to many of us. While the Sadduccees in the reading talked about marriage, they did so to ridicule belief in the resurrection. Jesus countered their remarks, stating that God is “not God of the dead, but of the living.”

As Catholic Christian believers, we believe in the resurrection, and because of this belief, we have hope--hope that God can bring about changes in our life now and hope that we will have eternal life through God’s abundant grace.

This week’s gospel reading causes us to think about how our belief in the resurrection affects our lives. We pray that our lives and our daily choices may reflect our hopeful desire to live as children of God in an everlasting relationship with God.

Gospel                                                Luke 20: 27-38

Some Sadducees, 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 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,
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."