Monday, June 20, 2011

Ten Great Women of the Bible (#4)

The Mom Series continues . . . . 
4. Mother of the Seven Sons (2 Maccabees 7)

This unnamed mother faced unspeakable tragedy, witnessing the martyrdom of her children before facing the same fate. Through the suffering and pain, she supported her sons, exhorting them to courage and abiding faith.
The hope of the resurrection was what inspired the seven sons and their mother to endure the sufferings recounted in 2 Maccabees 7.  
Jesus, in the Gospel reading from Luke 20, affirmed that this doctrine of the resurrection is true.  
The truth of the resurrection means that this life does have meaning.  God made us to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him  in this world, and to be happy with Him in the next.

Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, what things God has prepared for those who love him. (I Corinthians 2:9)
We are responsible for the kind of stewardship we practice with the time, talent, and treasure God entrusts to us in this life.  But we don’t have to try to live as good stewards by our own efforts alone.  In the reading from 2 Thessalonians, St. Paul tells us that God through his grace encourages and strengthens us.
The Baltimore Catechism  (1941)
Christian Forum

The Baltimore Catechism4 


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