November 6, 2016
by Cindy Castanzo
Creighton University's College of Nursing
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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 156

2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
Psalms 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15
2 Thes 2:16-3:5
Luke 20:27-38

Praying Ordinary Time

In today’s reading Jesus challenges and questions the “dogma” of the Sadducees. The Sadducees thought they had found an opportunity to “show others how foolish Jesus’ argument on resurrection was” …..instead he beautifully crafts his reply in question format and leaves the Sadducees and their followers with their own questions…..

A beautiful way to manage a conflict …..conflict is a normal part of our daily life…rivalry, competition change, differences of dogma or traditions are constant.  This was illustrated in today’s reading with the differences identified between the Pharisees and the Sadducees.

Conflicts between individuals, groups, states, countries can last for generations.

What Jesus does is not engage in a “me versus they” but he changes the question and puts forth another level of analysis.  What a respectful way to dissipate the conflict.  Because the question changes the emphasis changes and another view is presented.

Not only does Jesus dissipate the conflict but he encourages thinking to occur regarding the resurrection.  Who takes part in the resurrection? If this life is not like life in the resurrection what is it like? What must we do here during our earthly life to be part of the resurrection? 

All great questions that were not only pertinent then but now. 

For me this means to continually embrace the question of what is my purpose.

Is what I am doing aligned with God’s purpose?  Am I listening; am I attentive; am I spending the quiet time needed; do I recognize those “special moments.”  Do I spend time in quiet prayer and ask for guidance on major decisions? Do I recognize dissonance during this contemplative time?

Overall whether working with major external conflicts or internal conflicts personal or professional seek guidance, change the question, extend our reflective time, and embrace the answers.

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