Synopsis, Nov 10, 2019
In the First Reading from the Second Book of Maccabees, we hear only part of the story about the heroism of a family of seven brothers who died at the hands of a Greek king who tried to force all Jews into accepting the Greek culture of Hellenism. These brothers would rather die than betray the God of Israel. Their faith gave them reassurance that fidelity to God's laws would be rewarded with salvation and resurrection which was a fairly recent concept for the Jews of that time; and only some of the Jews accepted it.
The Second Reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Thessalonians. This letter is addressed to the Christians in Thessalonica who were enduring persecution and need hope as they awaited the Lord Jesus’ coming again. Therefore, Paul asks God and Jesus to console and strengthen the community in their time of trial. Paul also asks for prayers for himself and for his ministry so that the Word of God may spread and flourish. He counsels the people of Thessalonica to be strong and have courage even in the face of great oppression.
In the Gospel Reading from Luke, the Sadducees ask to Jesus: What if the woman marries seven brothers and all die before any child is born of the union, whose wife will she be in the next life? Jesus’ remark seems to indicate that in heaven, there will not be husbands and wives, but only people who love each other in Christ, which might be the best way, considering that some men and women have had more than one spouse here on earth.