Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
He is God, not of the dead, but of the living.
The Word This Week
Notes for Readers
The books of Maccabees are from the very end of the Old Testament, and just before the time of Christ. They describe the people of
In todays selection Paul is, in a sense, dealing with the same issue as the first reading how to persevere in faith when facing the opposition of bigoted and evil people This was a reality for the early church. While our own culture may not persecute the church in the way that Paul knew, we still have to face bigotry and interference and in some parts of the world the opposition to Christianity is still more threatening. Use the words that Paul addresses to the Christians of Thessalonica to speak to your congregation this Sunday: let them be encouraged by Pauls words and example. Watch the first sentence, which piles up a few clauses before it gets to the key phrase, comfort you and strengthen you When you read the second paragraph, remember that people should still have the words of the Psalm in their minds a prayer for perseverance in the face of trial. Let this help you to put the meaning into the words you proclaim.