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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 6, 2016

THE MEANING OF THE RESURRECTION

Many of you have heard me say that the resurrection changes everything. It literally reshaped the human consciousness. Even those who have no belief in it cannot deny the impact of Christianity around the world; which is to say the impact of the resurrection.

For what else would inspire so many millions of people? As good as Jesus’ works and teachings are, there have been many others who did much of the same. But the definitive mark of Jesus is the resurrection.

Now in previous homilies, I have spoken about the theological understandings of what we believe our glorified bodies will be like, as well as the temptations to want to rationalize the differences between the Sadducees and Jesus’ teachings concerning life after death.

But for the past few weeks, we have been encountering scriptures that tell us everything and everyone belongs. That God is not deaf to our cries for help. That the vision is always pressing on to fulfillment. That our prayers never go unanswered, but they can take time while our defensiveness and ego finally calm down enough to be open to the answer that we really need.

CLICK HERE for the readings for 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14; Psalm 17; 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5; Luke 20:27-38)

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