32nd Sunday Reflection Year C
God will resurrect those who are faithful till the end.
Dear brethren in Christ, today’s Sunday readings have as the central theme the topic of resurrection.
1. In the 1st reading (2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14), the hope on the future resurrection spurred the brothers Maccabees to remain faithful to God till death.
• The seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured by the king who was forcing them to eat pork in violation of the Mosaic Law. The brothers, one by one, preferred to suffer the torture, instead of violating the Old Law, strengthened by their hope in the future resurrection: “It is my choice to die at the hands of men with the hope God gives of being raised up by him.”
2. In the Gospel, Jesus affirmed that God, “is not a God of the dead, but of the living” and He rewards those who believe in him with life everlasting, after the Sadducees who deny the existence of resurrection and the immortality of the soul came forward to pose him their query.
3. In the 2nd reading (2 Thes 2:16-3:5), St. Paul reminds the Thessalonians that God is faithful to his promises and has liberated men from evil. “He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. We are confident of you in the Lord that what we instruct you, you are doing and will continue to do. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ.”
With all these said, we can say that it is worthwhile to undergo all that can be suffered in this life, being faithful to God, for we are convinced that God never deceives nor breaks His promises. It is what Our Lord Jesus Christ underwent with His earthly life: His Resurrection came about through His Passion and Death on the Cross. The same thing should be in the life of a Christian if he were to be an authentic follower of Christ!
What then would transient earthly sufferings be as compared to a never-ending life, joy and union with the Triune God in heaven? Hence, if we suffer due to whatever motive, and in our life as Christians, let us not complain: rather, let us offer them to God and unite ourselves with Jesus on the Cross to co-redeem with Him and convinced that with Him, if we are faithful till the end, we shall rise again. For God has triumphed over death, evil and injustice, and those who die in Him, will also rise with Him.
Mother Mary, Queen of all saints, pray for us!
-Fr. Rolly Arjonillo, priest of Opus Dei, CATHOLICS STRIVING FOR HOLINESS.
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