He is God not of the dead but of the living
This week , the readings ask us to consider that God is close to us at all times. He is God , not of the dead, but of the living.
The First Reading tells of the steadfastness of seven brothers who are prepared to endure torture rather than break the Law, secure in their belief in the resurrection.
The Psalmist shows the same trust in the Lord, hinting at a time when we shall see the face of the Lord in all his glory.
Paul asks the Thessalonians, in the Second Reading, to pray for him and with him, confident that the Lord , who ‘has given such inexhaustible comfort and such sure hope’, will be faithful and support them in their mission to spread his word.
In the Gospel, Jesus answers questions from the Sadducees on the resurrection; like them, he uses Scripture to show that through the resurrection we are sons and daughters of God. He is the God of the living as for him all men and women are in fact alive, on earth or in heaven.
This week we might want to focus our prayer on those we know who have died in the peace of Christ, that they may enter his Kingdom for all eternity.