09&10 November 2019
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:16 — 3:5
Gospel: Luke 20:27-38
CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD
We are nearing the end of the liturgical year. Today’s readings remind us that our own lives will draw to a close one day, and we can be certain that the Lord will encourage, strengthen, and save us—both now and at the last. The astonishing story of the Maccabees invigorates our faith as we behold an entire family willing to die rather than deny the Law of Moses. The psalm response echoes the faithful cries of the Maccabees: “I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God.” That same confidence appears in Saint Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians. “The Lord is faithful,” he testifies; “he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.” In the Gospel, Jesus explains just how long God’s protection will endure. The children of God whom God guards, Jesus says, will live forever like angels.
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