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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Nov 16, 2019
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1st Reading: Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14
Resp. Psalm Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 9, 15
2nd Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
Gospel: Luke 20:27-38
As we get closer to the end of the liturgical year, the Church reminds us of the end of our lives. This is why we have the Solemnity of All Saints Day and All Souls Day and also begin to hear about the next life and the end of the world. The Sadducees didn't believe in the Resurrection and Jesus knew this. What we have down here on earth will not be repeated in Heaven because it is not good enough. What God created for us down here was ruined by Adam and Eve's sin. Now, God has a better place for us not tainted by sin which is His abode, Heaven.
In Heaven, we will have glorified bodies, not these bodies that we have now. There are 4 qualities of the glorified body: Brilliance, Subtility, Agility and Impassability. Brilliance: we will shine like the stars; Subtility: we will be able to walk through hard substances like Jesus who passed through the wall when visiting the Apostles after the Resurrection; Agility: we will be able to move at lightning speed; Impassability: we will no longer be able to suffer anything. If we are admitted to Heaven, we will receive these bodies after the General Resurrection of the Dead when the whole world is judged. Why would we need these qualities? Only God knows.
As Jesus told the Sadducees, marriage will no longer be necessary since it is only for the earth. What will happen in Heaven is too great for us to understand now. The point of the readings is that there IS an afterlife and our places will be assigned depending on how we live our lives on earth. We have control over that: submit to God or submit to the devil.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD