November 6, 2016
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,
came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying,
“Teacher, Moses wrote for us,
If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child,
his brother must take the wife
and raise up descendants for his brother.
Now there were seven brothers;
the first married a woman but died childless.
Then the second and the third married her,
and likewise all the seven died childless.
Finally the woman also died.
Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be?
For all seven had been married to her.”
Jesus said to them,
“The children of this age marry and remarry;
but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age
and to the resurrection of the dead
neither marry nor are given in marriage.
They can no longer die,
for they are like angels;
and they are the children of God
because they are the ones who will rise.
That the dead will rise
even Moses made known in the passage about the bush,
when he called out ‘Lord,’
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;
and he is not God of the dead, but of the living,
for to him all are alive.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Glicerio T. Tano)
Before going to college, I had always dreamt of finishing my studies to secure my future. I often ask myself, “What if I cannot finish my studies? Will I still have a chance to have a better future?” I was frequently bothered with these questions and had been concerned of what will happen if I do not reach my dreams. I was afraid because my shortcomings were all too real to me.
Most of my insecurities were caused by the many hardships I encountered which I struggled with almost half of my life. These trials really test my patience and strength as I beg God to answer, “When will these trials end?” I don’t know if I can survive all these hardships given my weaknesses.
The Gospel reminds me that I have a mission I need to do today. In fact, I have a mission that I need to do each day, which I can only identify in prayer. Tomorrow has another mission for me to fulfill and will unravel itself then. I do not have to think of them now but trust that the Lord looks over my life and will allow only the challenges that I can handle. Thus, I believe I can only achieve a hopeful vision of the future if I do my mission of each day.