To be a Christian

Fr. Bob’s homily last weekend…

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time C

The Gospel derives from the Levirate law which demanded, “If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother.”  The Sadducees, who did not believe in the afterlife, use this law to construct a ridiculous story of a woman who is childless when her first child dies and then goes through six other brothers without bearing a child before they die.  They then ask “at the resurrection, whose wife will that woman be?”  Jesus dismisses the story arguing the kingdom of heaven is a far bigger place than that.  Indeed, it is always important to remember just how big it is.  And how easily we can be forget that.

Even in that bizarre story though you must admire the commitment to follow the law, a quality presumed by Jesus and…

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