The Word This Week

It is fortuitous that this passage of the Gospel is normally read near to the beginning of November, when we have celebrated the feasts of All Saints and All Souls, since it is a strong proclamation of the reality of life after death and the resurrection of the body. This Sunday is not without its difficulties, however, since this message is framed in two very sensitive passages: we have a story of cruelty and martyrdom in the first reading, and a controversial (and possibly upsetting) question about marriage in the Gospel. Remember that the example that the Sadducees bring is ridiculous, legalistic and completely misses the point: Jesus’ reply does not mean that we are not with our loved ones after death – quite the contrary, he proclaims that we will all become one with God and
each other as children of God.

Today’s Scripture
Maccabees 7: 1 – 2, 9 – 14
Response: Psalm 16.
Lord, hear a cause that is just,
pay heed to my cry.
Turn your ear to my prayer:
no deceit is on my lips.

I kept my feet firmly in your paths;
there was no faltering in my steps.
I am here and I call, /
you will hear me, O God.
Turn your ear to me; hear my words.

Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
As for me, in my justice I shall see your face
and be filled, when I awake,
with the sight of your glory.
(Sung Antiphon: I shall be filled, when I awake,
with the sight of your glory, O Lord.)
2 Thessalonians 2: 16 – 3: 5.
Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Stay awake, praying at all times
for the strength to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Luke 20: 27 – 38
Prayer of the Faithful: R/. Lord, turn your ear to our prayer.

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