Haggai 1:15b-2:9; Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 or Psalm 98; (Job 19:23-27a; Psalm 17:1-9;) 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17; Luke 20:27-38
1 Kings 17:8-16 (Psalm 146); Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 | Semi-continuous first reading: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 (Psalm 127)
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; Psalm 78:1-7; (Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16 or Amos 5:18-24; Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20 or Psalm 70;) 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13
“Are you scribes gone awry?” Jesus asks us. “Have you got good religion?”
I remember seeing Helena, a widow, unfolding a $20 bill to put in the offering plate. I knew that her family was selling its possessions to pay the ransom for her only son, imprisoned by guerrillas.
Perhaps the most insidious byproduct of modern apocalyptic scenarios is that grief is shoved right off the table.
I would just as soon skip the first part of this Gospel reading. The Sadducees are trying to trick Jesus by getting him to respond to an impossible question about the resurrection. According to the law, if one of two brothers dies before his wife has children, then his brother marries her. But what if there are seven brothers, and each marries the woman in turn? To whom will she belong at the resurrection?
I’ve never been totally honest about baptismal vows. I bet Joshua would have been.