“He is not God of the dead, but of the living!” Our witness to God’s life in us is what sets us apart, it is what makes us a target, and also a magnet. The life we live on earth either takes us closer to God or further from Him. Choices we make now have eternal consequences. This week, let us learn from the witnesses who went before us – the saints – how to witness to others and live the life God created us to live!
Catechesis At Home – Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C
God of the Living
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God of the Living
REFLECTION – Resurrection and Heaven
We enter the last weeks of the Liturgical Year and the focus turns to the end – our end. What does it mean to die in Christ Jesus? It means that we will live forever with Him in heaven. We are made for the Resurrection. Our souls are made to live forever. Our bodies will be raised again at the end of time, when Jesus comes again. These truths are brought to focus in this week’s readings.
The brothers in the first reading are martyrs of the Old Testament – they died in the hope of the resurrection – and they didn’t even have the knowledge or understanding that we do in the actions of Jesus! They died for a promise. They believed that the Messiah WOULD come. They believed in God’s promise of salvation (see Genesis 3:15).
We have the benefit and blessing of living AFTER the Messiah completed His saving work by dying for us and rising again. We, along with St. Paul, can be confident in our salvation through Christ Jesus. Jesus is challenged by the Sadducees in this week’s Gospel. They are curious about His teaching on the Resurrection. Jesus answers quite plainly. After death, there is no need of earthly relationships, because we are perfected in the relationship we have with God – our focus is completely on Him – there is nothing else needed. Our identity is in belonging wholly to God.
He is God of the living – that’s us. We pray for the Holy Spirit to be alive in us so that we may live in Him. Because those who live in Him on earth, will be blessed to live eternally in His Presence. Strive to live now as His children – the sons and daughters we are called to be, so we may receive the eternal reward that Jesus has made possible.
DISCUSSION – Am I Willing?
The first reading gives account of 3 brothers who were martyred for their faith. Discuss this week what it means to be a martyr (which means “witness”) – to die to self and this world, and to live only for God.
Some people physically lose their lives because they live this way. Most of us are only martyrs in the sense that we live counter to the secular culture – we live for God, not ourselves. How do you live for God? How do you sacrifice the things you want to do and have, so that you can witness to God’s love and grace in your life? Are we willing to do the hard things, because we believe in God and Christ is our Lord and Savior?
ACTIVITY – Living Witnesses
Saints are living witnesses to the Truth of salvation in Christ Jesus. This week pull out all the holy cards and saints’ books you have. And if you don’t have any, look up some saints online (try SaintOfTheDay.org). Everyone choose a saint to read about and then at dinner have a show and tell about your saints. See how many new saints you can learn to emulate!
DIG DEEPER – Other God of the Living resources from Holy Owned and Operated:
Page: Prayer Basics
TWMWU: Words Matter
TWMWU: We Believe in the Resurrection
TWMWU: When the Saints Go Marching In
TWMWU: Divine Mercy Sunday – Witness and Bear Fruit
TWMWU: Jesus Died For Us
Podcast: All Souls Day – Episode 119
Podcast: All Saints’ Day – Episode 118
Podcast: The Prodigal Son – Episode 88
How do you witness to the God of the Living?
by Beth & Kristofer Cowles
Other Help on HOO
We are called to be perfect, as we discussed last week.
So, what does being on the road to perfection look like?
If Jesus was “finished” and his ministry was “completed,” as it means when He said, “It is done,” by saying, “It is perfected” just before He died on the Cross, He must have walked a road to perfection.
And so must we.
In this episode we discuss that concept, in terms of what we are doing and how we respond to the call for our life.
It’s a simple concept, and a difficult task, but we have the example of Our Lord which, from the proper perspective, is not an impossible example to follow and exemplify.