THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

First Reading: 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14

A reading from the second book of Maccabees.

It also happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the ruler, to force them to eat pork in violation of God’s law.  One of the brothers, speaking for the others said:  “What do you expect to achieve by questioning us?  We are ready to die rather than transgress the laws of our ancestors.”  At the point of death, the second one said: “You accursed fiend, you are depriving us of this present life, but the Ruler of the world will raise us up to live again forever.  It is for God’s laws that we are dying.”

After this, the third suffered their cruel sport.  Putting out his tongue at once when told to do so, and bravely holding out his hands, he spoke these noble words: “It was from Heaven that I received these; for the sake of God’s laws I disdain them; from God I hope to receive them
again.”  Even the ruler and the royal attendants marveled at this one’s courage, because he regarded these sufferings as nothing.

After the third one’s death, they tortured and maltreated the fourth in the same way.  Near death, the fourth one said, “It is my choice to die at your hands with the God-given hope of being restored to life by God; but for you, there will be no resurrection to life.”

The Word of God recorded in the second book of Maccabees.

THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 17

R:  O God, when Your glory appears, my joy will be full.

O God, hear a cause that is just,

pay heed to my cry.

Turn Your ear to my prayer:

no deceit is on my lips.

R: O God, when Your glory appears, my joy will be full.

I kept my feet firmly on Your paths;

there was no faltering in my steps.

I am here and I call; You will hear me, O God.

Turn Your ear to me; hear my words.

R: O God, when Your glory appears, my joy will be full.

Guard me as the apple of Your eye.

Hide me in the shadow of Your wings.

As for me, in my justice, I will see Your face and be filled,

when I awake, with the sight of Your glory.

R: O God, when Your glory appears, my joy will be full.