Homily for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: God of the living
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Sunday November 10 2019
(Lk. 20:27-38) Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus was given a difficult question by the Sadducees regarding the resurrection. A woman married a man who later died without bearing a child. By Jewish tradition, if the man has a brother, he would marry the woman. But he died too. All seven brothers suffered the same fate. The question arises. If there is indeed a resurrection of the dead, who of the seven will be her husband in the next life? Jesus answered by stating marriage is not an issue in the next life. As a further testimony, He cited Moses, statement which referred to the Lord as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And added that for God they are all alive for God is God of the living and not of the dead.
The first reading from the Book of Maccabees tells the story of seven brothers who were being forced to eat pork in violation of their faith. All seven elected to die for the faith believing they will be raised to the next life forever. The belief in the resurrection can already be traced long before Jesus’ birth.
But it still boils down to our own belief. For one, what kind of God is a God who reigns over the dead? He is a good for nothing God. God is God of the living. Death is not the end of life but a door to eternal life. Second, Jesus died yet He was mentioned to have appeared do many times based on the account of the apostles, not mentioning the empty tomb. Third, life is so precious to end in death. Seeds die before they are planted so the may grow. Butterflies were borne out of cocoons which undergo a certain kind of “death.” Trees also undergo this during winter and suddenly foliate in spring and bloom in summer. Life is a cycle of death and life.
In the end, the resurrection is a matter of faith. We do not base our belief in the empty tomb or butterflies, and trees without leaves. Scriptures and Tradition, through witnesses of the apostles and a sincere appreciation and contemplation of life and the inspiration of the Spirit should help us arrive at a belief in the resurrection. Paul said it well, if Jesus did not rise from the dead, all our actions will amount to nothing. We are Christians because of the resurrection.