Readings 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading
2 Mc 7:1-2, 9-14

The King of the world will raise us up to live again forever.

A reading from the second Book of Maccabees

It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested
   and tortured with whips and scourges by the king,
   to force them to eat pork in violation of God’s law.
One of the brothers, speaking for the others, said:
   “What do you expect to achieve by questioning us?
We are ready to die rather than transgress the laws of our ancestors.”

At the point of death he said:
   “You accursed fiend, you are depriving us of this present life,
   but the King of the world will raise us up to live again forever.
It is for his laws that we are dying.”

After him the third suffered their cruel sport.
He put out his tongue at once when told to do so,
   and bravely held out his hands, as he spoke these noble words:
   “It was from Heaven that I received these;
   for the sake of his laws I disdain them;
   from him I hope to receive them again.”
Even the king and his attendants marveled at the young man’s courage,
   because he regarded his sufferings as nothing.

After he had died,
   they tortured and maltreated the fourth brother in the same way.
When he was near death, he said,
   “It is my choice to die at the hands of men
   with the hope God gives of being raised up by him;
   but for you, there will be no resurrection to life.”


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15

R. :

R. (15b) Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

Hear, O LORD, a just suit;
   attend to my outcry;
   hearken to my prayer from lips without deceit.

R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

My steps have been steadfast in your paths,
   my feet have not faltered.
I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
   incline your ear to me; hear my word.

R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

Keep me as the apple of your eye,
   hide me in the shadow of your wings.
But I in justice shall behold your face;
   on waking I shall be content in your presence.

R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.


Second Reading
2 Thes 2:16-3:5

May the Lord encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word.

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians

Brothers and sisters:
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,
   who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement
   and good hope through his grace,
   encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word.

Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us,
   so that the word of the Lord may speed forward and be glorified,
   as it did among you,
   and that we may be delivered from perverse and wicked people,
   for not all have faith.
But the Lord is faithful;
   he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.
We are confident of you in the Lord that what we instruct you,
   you are doing and will continue to do.
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God
   and to the endurance of Christ.


Gospel Acclamation
Rv 1:5a, 6b

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Jesus Christ is the firstborn of the dead;
to him be glory and power, forever and ever.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Lk 20:27-38 or Lk 20:27, 34-38

He is not God of the dead, but of the living.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,
   came forward and put this question to him, 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.”

Or: [Shorter Form]

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,
   came forward.

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.”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

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