Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 21 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Maccabees 6:1-13
Psalm 9:2-3, 4 and 6, 16 and 19
A reflection on today's Scripture:
He is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive. (see Luke 20:38)
Today's readings lift us from the fear of death to the hope of a new and blessed life offered in Christ. In Maccabees we meet a man who believed himself a successful Greek king and one anxious to prove his nation's power. His attack on Israel, a state that he saw as small and weak, ended in a crushing defeat to his army and its shock caused him to become mortally ill. As he lay dying he was deeply burdened by guilt and felt he was being punished for ordering his soldiers to inflict many cruelties on the innocent Israelites. Psalm 9 then calls God's people to give glory to His holy name, for His power will entrap and destroy their enemies by using their own wicked schemes on them and ending their lives in a place of eternal punishment.
In our gospel, the Sadducees who did not believe Christ's assertion that the dead would rise to a new life tried to discredit Him by proposing an absurd situation. They based this on a long-standing custom, that if a woman was widowed without children she should marry her husband's brother to carry on his family's line. They told Jesus about a woman who had the misfortune of marrying and being left widowed by seven brothers; they then asked Jesus to tell them which brother would be her husband in the after-life. Christ revealed their incredible naivety by explaining that those who are worthy of attaining the coming age don't marry but are like the angels, purely spiritual beings. Jesus reminds them that Moses said the dead would rise. Scripture supports Moses by stating that God is the Lord of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; therefore, He is Lord of the living, not the dead. His faithful remain alive to God, soul and spirit, throughout eternity.
O Father of love and truth,
You raised our Lord Jesus Christ resplendent in glory as King; open our hearts, bring all of mankind together in Christ to renew fallen creation.
~ Marie Bocko, OCDS
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Saturday, November 21, 2009
Saturday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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