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Pastor's Corner

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 11, 2019

In today’s Scripture readings the Church presents the theme of Resurrection, and by doing so outside of the Easter season, begins to prepare us to celebrate in subsequent weeks the conclusion of the liturgical year. Both in the story of the Maccabees and in St. Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, we can sense that the ‘end’ for which we need to prepare is near. Jesus addresses the theme in his dialogue with the Sadducees who do not believe in the resurrection of the dead: all worries about human relationships after death have no meaning. In the new life after death we participate in the life and glory of God, not in human relationships.

The readings that will be proclaimed in upcoming weeks should help us evaluate our relationship with God and with others. We can actually begin to enjoy the new life promised by the Lord when we put aside the shadows that lead us to evil, sinfulness, selfishness and arrogance. During this time we have the opportunity to change the direction of our hearts away from anything that ties us down or enslaves us. Our goal is to walk in the ways of the Lord who frees us and invites us to enjoy inner happiness in this world while we prepare for our final surrender in his glory. We can ask ourselves and one another if, in our daily journey, we can identify signs of Christ’s resurrected life, particularly when we witness true justice among nations and peoples, and inner peace and happiness among those around us. In this manner, by sharing concrete signs as examples, we can begin to understand and share the sacred texts proclaimed in the liturgy as they trace the theme of resurrection during the conclusion of this liturgical year.

Rev. Juan J. Sosa

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