MACCABEES

Sunday, November 10, 2019 (32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C)

First Reading
2 Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14
Jewish martyrs give witness to their faith, even unto death.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 17:1,5-6,8,15
The just person will live in God’s presence.

Second Reading
2 Thessalonians 2:16—3:5
Paul encourages the Thessalonians and asks for their prayers.

Gospel Reading
Luke 20:27-38
Jesus answers a question from some Sadducees about the resurrection of the dead. (short form Luke 20:27, 34-38)

These are the summary of the readings of today. Now, don’t go searching for Maccabees in a non-Catholic Bible.

1It happened also that seven brothers and their mother were arrested and were being compelled by the king, under torture with whips and cords, to partake of unlawful swine’s flesh.  13When he too had died, they maltreated and tortured the fourth in the same way. 14And when he was near death, he said, “One cannot but choose to die at the hands of men and to cherish the hope that God gives of being raised again by him. But for you there will be no resurrection to life!” (2 MACCABEES 7:1. 13-14)

This, right here was the highlight of the readings to me- that a mother will watch the murder of her 7 sons because of her faith in God.

The Priest in his Homily of today taught five lessons from the readings of today:

  1. Only God is permanent. Every other thing in the world in fleeting. The woman woke up with seven sons but went to bed with none Therefore, do not be attached to anyone or anything because in a moment, you could lose everything.
  2. There is the presence and existence of wicked and heartless men who have no conscience. Imagine, setting your mind to kill 7 men and not stopping till they were all murdered.
  3. where everything will fail us in this life, the only thing that will keep us in faith and nourish our Spirit is the word of God. Never let a day pass by, without meditating on the word of God. The woman encouraged her sons with the word of God even in the face of impending death.
  4. Nothing is too much to be offered up to God even God gave us Jesus.
  5. The man/woman who has hope will never cease to Praise God in and out of season.

CASE SCENARIO

Before Father’s homily, the Choir intuned; “Blessed Assurance”. I cried as I sang the song without even noticing it.

This is my Story;
this is my song,
praising MY SAVIOUR all the day long

My Life’s events flashed before my eyes;

Event 1

In 2009, I remember praying to God earnestly to graduate with at least a Second Class Upper Division from University. From all the results I had seen so far, I was on a CGPA of 3.32/5. I prayed earnestly to God that I may get the remaining 0.18 required to become a Graduate with 2nd Class (Upper division). So, I visited the Chapel. I was in the chapel of Adoration (a place where the Blessed Sacrament is perpetually exposed) and was crying seriously. As if God owed me a favour, I told God; “Remember Father promised us that if we contribute money to build you a befitting Chapel of Adoration, there is nothing we ask that you will not grant us. Lol! Imagine a small me threatening God, Oba a da ni maa siregun (the King that created us without counting or reminding you of all the good he has done). I was that kind of student that will give even the last of my pocket money if it was needed, but is God a banker? an investment banker? a negotiator?

are the tithes and offerings and donations I make exchanges for God’s mumu button? to become his commander? I remember after crying and for so long; a voice came to me and gave me the promise;

“Aina, look at your hands, look at your palms, through this hands, you will heal the world.”

I was delighted, at least I had gotten a clue, maybe God wanted me to be a Doctor.

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So, I started applying to Schools. I was already fed with the Nigerian Educational system. So, I was applying to schools in the United States.

Event 2

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