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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 the Lord the
God of Abraham, the God of
Isaac, and the God of Jacob. *
He is not God of the dead, but
of the living, for to him all are
alive.
The Gospel of the Lord!
All Praise to you, Lord Jesus
Christ!

Homily
Profession of Faith
(Nicene Creed)

All I believe in one God, the


Father almighty, maker of heaven
and earth, of all things visible and
invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus
Christ, the Only Begotten Son of
God, born of the Father before all
ages. God from God, Light from
Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him
all things were made. For us men
and for our salvation he came
down from heaven, (bow)* and
by the Holy Spirit was incarnate
of the Virgin Mary, and became
man.* For our sake he was cruci ed under Pontius Pilate, he
suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in
accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven and is
seated at the right hand of the
Father. He will come again in
glory to judge the living and the
dead and his kingdom will have
no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life, who
proceeds from the Father and the
Son, who with the Father and the
Son is adored and glori ed, who
has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic
and apostolic Church. I confess
one Baptism for the forgiveness
of sins and I look forward to the
resurrection of the dead and the
life of the world to come. Amen!

Prayer of the Faithful


P Gathered together by Gods
love and our common faith and

hope, let us address our humble petitions to the Lord for the
living and the dead. Let our response be:
All Lord of Life, hear us!
C For the family of all believers, scattered throughout the
world: May they constantly give
witness to their faith in the nal
resurrection by the way they live.
Let us pray!
R.
C For the Holy Father and all
our spiritual leaders: May they
nd in the martyrs of old the
strength to endure all attacks
mounted against them. Let us
pray!
R.
C For those who do not believe
in the resurrection of the dead:
May they realize that our life on
earth has meaning only if we will
receive from God the just reward
for our deeds. Let us pray! R.
C For all those who work for
justice and peace in our country
and the rest of the world: May
they persevere in the good work
even when they do not receive
the expected support. Let us
pray!
R.
C For those who are in agony
and are about to leave this world:
May they put all their trust in the
Lords in nite mercy, as they
look forward to their own resurrection in the life to come. Let us
pray!
R.
C Let us pray in silence for our
personal intentions. (Pause)
Let us pray!
R.
P Lord God, may our life be
consistent with our faith in the
resurrection and the life to come.
May we live for ever with You.
We ask this in the name of Jesus
the Lord.
All Amen!

Preparation of the Gifts


P Pray, brethren . . .
All May the Lord accept the
sacri ce at your hands, for the

praise and glory of his name,


for our good and the good of all
his holy Church.

Prayer over the Offerings


P Look with favor, we pray, O
Lord, upon the sacri cial gifts
offered here, that, celebrating
in mystery the Passion of your
Son, we may honor it with loving
devotion.
Through Christ our Lord.
All Amen!

Preface VI
P The Lord be with you!
All And with your spirit!
P Lift up your hearts!
All We lift them up to the Lord!
P Let us give thanks to the
Lord our God!
All It is right and just!
P It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give
you thanks, Lord, holy Father,
almighty and eternal God.
For in you we live and move
and have our being, and while in
this body we not only experience
the daily effects of your care, but
even now possess the pledge of
life eternal.
For, having received the
rst fruits of the Spirit, through
whom your raised up Jesus from
the dead, we hope for an everlasting share in the Paschal Mystery.
And so, with all the Angels,
we praise you, as in joyful celebration, we acclaim:
All Holy, holy, holy . . .

Memorial Acclamation
P The mystery of faith!
All We proclaim your Death,
O Lord, and profess your
Resurrection until you
come again!

All Our Father . . .


P Deliver us, Lord . . .

* EDITORS NOTE: Following all reputable English translations, we prefer to use the sentence he called the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Israel, the God of Jacob rather than the text of the 1998 USA Lectionary which has no basis in the Greek original.
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

All For the kingdom, the


power, and the glory are
yours, now and for ever.

Sign of Peace
Breaking of the Bread
All Lamb of God . . .
Communion
P Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins
of the world. Blessed are those
called to the supper of the Lamb.
All Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under
my roof, but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.
Communion Antiphon
(To be recited only when no Communion Hymn is sung.)

The Lord is my shepherd;


there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose,
near restful waters he leads me.

Prayer after Communion


P Nourished by this sacred
gift, O Lord, we give you thanks
and beseech your mercy, that, by
the pouring forth of your Spirit,
the grace of integrity may endure
in those your heavenly power has
entered.
Through Christ our Lord.
All Amen!

P The Lord be with you.


All And with your spirit.
P Bow your heads and pray
for Gods blessing. (Pause)
May the Lord strengthen
your faith in the life to
come.
All Amen!
P May He enable you to live in
a way that leads to eternal
happiness in heaven.
All Amen!
P May He console you in all
your af ictions and make
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preferential love for the
weak and the sick.
All Amen!
P May almighty God bless
you: the Father, and the

Son, and the Holy Spirit.


All Amen!
P Go in peace, glorifying the
Lord by your life!
All Thanks be to God!

We Believe in the Resurrection of the Dead

Thim up by presenting the case of the woman who had married seven brothhe Sadducees who approached Jesus thought that they could easily trip

ers, one after another. Their intention was to prove that they were right in holding
that there can be no such thing as resurrection of the dead.
What they achieved, however, was only to show how wrong their concept of
resurrection and of the afterlife was. Jesus said this to their faces, to the delight
of the scribes who heard his answer. (See Mk 12:24 and Lk 20:39.)
The human mind, left to itself, either does not reach any certitude about the fact
of the resurrection of the dead, or conceives life after death as something gloomy
and depressing, as we gather from the Greek and Latin mythologies. It is only
divine revelation which assures us that there is life beyond death and that the dead
will rise again.
But the life of the resurrected will not be a sort of life on earth, part II. As
Jesus tells us, Those deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection . . . , no longer die, for they are like angels (Lk 20:35-36). St. Paul reminds
the Corinthians and us that What is sown on earth is subject to decay. What rises
is incorruptible . . . A natural body is put down and a spiritual body comes up. (1
Cor 15:42.44. See also Phil 3:21.)
The life of the children of the resurrection, then, will be essentially different
from our present life. Yet, it will also be related to it because it will be conditioned
by the way we behave during our earthly life. Hence, there is newness but also
relatedness.
Such relatedness answers the difculty of the Sadducees of our times who
reject belief in an afterlife and in the resurrection of the dead, on the grounds that
it prevents us from valuing this life and this world.
As a matter of fact, it is those who reject belief in the afterlife, who make this life
valueless and any commitment meaningless. For, if death were to mark the end of
what a person has done and has been, then how could earthly life or human history
have a meaning and a value? It would be like a train inevitably heading for a bottomless cliff a horrible prospect which would nullify all that has preceded it, and
cast on it a dark shadow of sadness and hopelessness.
The criticism leveled by the unbelievers against those who believe in the resurrection of the dead is baseless. A person who really believes in an afterlife that will
depend on how we behave in this life has to take this life and this world very seriously, for they are the only opportunity and situation in which one can acquire the
credits that will determine the quality of the endless life to come.
In the faith-vision of the believers, the whole life of each individual, as well as
the vicissitudes of all mankind, have a direction and a meaning. Even when one
dies, one has still something to look forward to. Such a faith-vision has the power
to confer a value even to the defeats and losses of this life. It has given the martyrs
of all ages the strength to endure tortures and even death with a serenity and hope
unknown to those who do not believe in the afterlife. (See todays First Reading.)
Yet, we have also to say and without apologizing that, while we take this
life seriously, we do not absolutize it. We simply view it realistically for what it is: a
temporary gift from God, meant to prepare us for an even greater gift: the eternal
life which will reach its fullness when our souls will be reunited with our transformed
bodies. (See 2 Mc 7:9 and 1 Cor 15.)
Such is the inspiring vision which our Christian faith offers a vision which is not
a human invention. Rather, it is based on the Word of God, especially the preaching of Jesus Christ, and is guaranteed by his Resurrection. (See 1 Cor 15:12-23.)

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