Dead or Alive?

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In the Gospel reading today from Luke 20, some Sadducees ask Jesus a trick question regarding the resurrection of the dead. (The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the dead.) Jesus answers the question and in the end affirms our belief in the Communion of Saints when He says, “[God] is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

Jesus was referring to Moses referring to the LORD as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. What did all of those men have in common? They were all dead. But Jesus gives us another view.

For Catholics, November is a month when we especially pray for the souls of the faithful departed. We do this because we know that they are not dead, but alive. And whether they are in heaven or enduring the cleansing of Purgatory, they are in God's care. Because God is not God of the dead, but of the living.

Father, we give all the faithful departed into your mercy. May all come to dwell with you forever. Amen.

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