'GOOD NEWS' for 32nd Sunday in 'Ordinary Time'

"He is not a God of the dead but of the living." (Luke 20:27-28)

The reflection for this Sunday's Gospel is by Fr David Barry OSB and is reprinted, with kind permission, from School of Philosophy & Theology, University of Notre Dame, Pastoral Liturgy, Volume 46, 3. Scholar and liturgist, Fr David Barry is part of the Benedictine Monastery at New Norcia.liturgy-041116.jpg

[This Gospel passage] doesn't indicate it, but Jesus' journey to Jerusalem is over, and he is soon to complete the journey of his return to his Father in his death and resurrection. But there's another journey of Jesus that continues, his journey into the minds and hearts of men and women, where he only enters as one freely accepted in faith and trust…

The opposition to Jesus was led mainly by two quite different groups: by the Scribes and Pharisees on the one hand, and on the other hand by the Sadducees, who were a clerical party. This last lot was religiously and theologically conservative; they only accepted as Scripture the Pentateuch, the five books that were thought to have been written by Moses. They would not allow for any further revelation by God, or any growth in understanding of all the implications of the first revelation. They were dead set against the airy-fairy teaching about the dead rising again. They knew that once you're dead, that's it. You can only continue to live on in your children, in their memory of you and in other people's memory.

So while Jesus is in what they consider to be their territory - the temple - they approach him with a question they think will show up just how ridiculous is Jesus' teaching on this matter, which is rather like that of their populist opponents, the Pharisees. It's a hypothetical question … seven brothers being married successively to the same woman, all dying without issue, and the woman dying last of all. Whose wife will she be in your supposed resurrection? In reply Jesus points out that this teaching does not involve simply returning to the kind of life we live now, which ends in death and for most folk involves aiming for a kind of immortality by marrying and having children.

In that future life, in that other world, those found worthy of a place can no longer die, so there's no need for marriage and procreating children. There we are children of the resurrection, children of God… In that existence we shall be in full possession of the Goodness and Truth our minds and hearts were made for, and that we long for and aim at in all our human activity, often without being reflexively aware that that desire empowers all we do deliberately, even when we are mistaken and misguided.

© David Barry OSB


The College Sacrament Program, aligned with Archdiocesan policy, is 'Family-focused, Parish-based and Catholic School supported'.

Families of children in Years 3, 4 and 6 are preparing to celebrate, respectively, the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation in their own 'home' parish.

The knowledge component is also covered in the Religion Curriculum of those classes.

Local Parishes

Some parishes, located near the College, have supplied calendar details for their Sacrament Programs. This information can be accessed via the link to the College website.

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November is the month in which our Church especially remembers our "loved ones who have gone before us". At our Community Mass each Friday we will especially pray in hope for our loved ones who have died. You are invited to write their names in the Book of Remembrance, which is located in the Chapel. Feel free to come in at any time when the Chapel is open - for example, after 'drop off' or before 'pick-up'.

Next Friday our Community Mass will be prepared by Year 9 students. Families and friends of Year 9 students are especially welcome. While Community Mass is prepared by different year groups/Houses, all students, staff, parents and friends are always welcome to all our community liturgies. If you have not previously attended, take advantage of the warmer, lighter mornings to come to Mass, then have a coffee in the Café.

If you have any queries about Community Mass please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: or 9383 0513.

When: Fridays in Term Time
Time: 8:00-8:30am
Where: College Chapel