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Sunday, November 10, 2013

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32nd Sunday Ordinary Time

2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
2 Thessalonians 2:16—3:5
Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15
Luke 20:27-38

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"a happy death"

"It also happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the king." —2 Maccabees 7:1

Seven brothers were arrested, tortured, scourged, and killed because they would not compromise their faith (2 Mc 7:1ff). These heroic deaths have inspired and transformed the lives of many for centuries.

We are all going to die, unless Jesus comes back first. The question is not: "Will I die?" but "How will I die?" Will my death be a mere statistic? Or will I glorify God by my manner of death? (Jn 21:19)

Most people think a happy death means dying at an old age and with no pain. God's word says a happy death has nothing to do with age or pain but it has everything to do with love, even to death on the cross (Phil 2:8). "The way we came to understand love was that He laid down His life for us; we too must lay down our lives for our brothers" and sisters (1 Jn 3:16).

"Happy now are the dead who die in the Lord!" (Rv 14:13)

Prayer:  "May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, may God our Father Who loved us and in His mercy gave us eternal consolation and hope, console your hearts and strengthen them for every good work and word" (2 Thes 2:16-17).

Promise:  "It is my choice to die at the hands of men with the God-given hope of being restored to life by Him." —2 Mc 7:14

Praise:  Praise You, risen King Jesus, enthroned in majesty and glory! I lift up my hands, heart, and voice to praise You today.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 22, 2013

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