LISTEN: Reflection for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year C

Many famous people have wrestled with the idea of life after death. “If there is no immortality, I shall hurl myself into the sea,” wrote the British poet Tennyson.

As the end of the Church year draws near, it is natural for our thoughts to turn to life after death. The Judeo-Christian tradition has a lot to say about it.

In the book of Maccabees – today’s First Reading – the belief in resurrection is articulated in a definitive way by the seven brothers and their mother who are brutally killed for holding fast to their faith.

In the Gospel the Sadducees posed a trick question to Jesus, disguised in the form of a rabbinical debate. It was so phrased that Jesus would either be caught in the quagmire of rabbinical casuistry or be forced to deny the reality of the resurrection of the dead. The only immortality they would accept was for the community of Israel; they didn’t believe in individual resurrection.

Jesus took the opportunity to give a deeper understanding of the nature of the resurrected life. We too are given insights in the resurrection.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Thirty-Second Second Sunday in Ordinary Time — Year C

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.
2 Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14; Psalm 17; 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5; Luke 20:27-38

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Fr Russell Pollitt SJ
B.A. (UNISA) B.D. (Urbaniana) M.Th. (UKZN)

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ is the Director of the Jesuit Institute and is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He regularly comments on South African Politics and various issues in the Catholic Church.

r.pollitt@jesuitinstitute.org.za @rpollittsj
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