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32nd Sundy in Ordinary Time

The Fullness of His Message

By Fr. Paul S Voisin, C.R.

The Sadducees, as priests of the Jewish temple, were also members of the ruling class. They did not believe in the resurrection from the dead because they could not find it spelled out literally in the Jewish Law in the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures. Only later, in prophetic books and the Book of Daniel in particular, were revelations received about the resurrection from the dead. This dramatic story in the Second Book of Maccabees shows us how the faithful woman and her sons believed in the resurrection of the dead, and were willing to go to their death believing in this, rather than submit themselves to the king’s demand that they eat what was forbidden for them as Jews. They would rather have died than eat pork.

In St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians, he reminds the people of the faithfulness of God and the truly Good News which is there. God has encouraged them and given them hope, a hope grounded in the resurrection of Jesus, that God can do the impossible and the improbable. Paul experienced this in his own life, through his dramatic conversion, and the people who had come to believe in Jesus Christ in Thessalonika also had experienced this hope. Despite the presence of evil, confusion, and discouragement, God’s mysterious will was being revealed.

We meet the Sadducees again in this Gospel. Once again their lack of belief in the resurrection of the dead blinds them to the fullness of God’s revelation in Jesus. Using the example of marriage, which they presented, he tells them that there will be no marrying or remarrying for the children of God. This element of mystery confounds and confuses the Sadducees, who can only think (like the fish) in terms of their knowledge and experience. Jesus is telling them ‘his’ reality (like the bird), but they cannot fathom it. They cannot translate his words because they are outside of their frame of mind and experience. In our lives, confronted with mysteries, we too cannot often understand the revelation of God. Our knowledge and our experience do not appear to relate to what Jesus is saying, and doing. It is beyond them, and without the eyes of faith that Jesus wants to give them, they will never be able to grasp the fullness of his message.

11-november-6-2016

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