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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
March 18, 2019
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Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14

They marveled at his courage.

  • The Books of Maccabees tell the story of the second-century B.C. revolt and those who gave their lives for the freedom to worship.
  • One of the legendary heroes of this revolt was the mother of seven sons.
  • She encouraged her sons to accept martyrdom bravely rather than abandon their faith.

Reading II : 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5

May God console your heart.

  • In 2 Thessalonians, Paul continues to admonish those who were expecting the world to end immediately.
  • He encourages them to stand firm and persevere in faith.
  • Paul also asks the people to pray for him and his companions.

Gospel : Luke 20:27-38

God is not a God of the dead but of the living.

  • In the gospel, the issue of resurrection is raised by the Sadducees, who did not believe in life after death.
  • The Sadducees were aristocratic leaders who criticized the Pharisees and their interpretation of the law.
  • Jesus corrects the Sadducees' presumption that life after death must be just like life on earth. In heaven, the marriage relationship will become a new kind of communal life.