Vol: 43, No.58 32ND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) November 06 2016  
Let my prayer come into your presence. Incline your ear to my cry for help, O Lord. (Ps 87:3)

Belief in life after death and more precisely belief in the resurrection of the dead are ideas that came into Israelite life much later in their history that can be dated from the Maccabean period in early 2nd century BC. At the time of Jesus, the Pharisees and some pious men and women believed in it. But the Sadducees who were the most influential and wealthy in the Israelite society outrightly denied it. The resurrection became the major precept of Christianity only after the epoch-making event of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and today it is the foundation stone of Christian faith. This is the promise that God made to Israel in the past and which he fulfilled by raising Jesus from the dead. A meaningful life is one that is lived with the hope of meeting the risen and glorious Lord. Do I believe in the resurrection? Do I live my life accordingly? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/...
Glory to God in the highest...
Almighty and merciful God, graciously keep from us all adversity, so that, unhindered in mind and body alike, we may pursue in freedom of heart the things that are yours. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(The seven sons of the Jewish mother cannot be forced to eat the forbidden pork meat. Their faith in the future life helps them to endure the torments and allurements from the brutal king).
A reading from the Second Book of the Maccabees (7:1-2,9-14)
Seven brothers and their mother were arrested and were being compelled by the king, under torture with whips and cords, to partake of unlawful swine’s flesh. One of them, acting as their spokesman, said, “What do you intend to ask and learn from us? For we are ready to die rather than transgress the laws of our fathers.”
And when the second was at his last breath, he said, “You accursed wretch, you dismiss us from this present life, but the King of the universe will raise us up to an everlasting renewal of life, because we have died for his laws.”
After him, the third was the victim of their sport. When it was demanded, he quickly put out his tongue and courageously stretched forth his hands, and said nobly, “I got these from Heaven, and because of his laws I disdain them, and from him I hope to get them back again.” As a result the king himself and those with him were astonished at the young man’s spirit, for he regarded his sufferings as nothing.
When he too had died, they maltreated
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