Sunday, November 6, 2016
I actually managed to sit fairly comfortably through it and listened carefully.
The story of the woman with 7 sons who were tortured by King Antiochus has always filled me with awe. To be so absolutely certain that the Lord was with them and would take them up to an everlasting life beyond all suffering is part of our faith as Catholics, and as Christians. Yet I often wonder how strong their faith must have been in the presence of such suffering. Did they not have doubts and fears or did God give them the strength to endure.
While Father Brian did not dwell on this reading he did say that hope is what held them firm in their resolve.
More was said about the Gospel and the story of the Sadducees asking about who would be married to a woman who was married one after another to 7 brothers. Christ said that there was no marriage in the resurrection, that we are transformed into a different being. Father Brian said we get a taste of this resurrection when we give to the poor, forgive someone, reach out to the lonely, or celebrate communion. We are transformed closer to what God wants us to be.
Everybody have a wonderful evening.