Video – 32 Ordinary Why Do We Pray for The Dead
The first reading certainly appears to be quite negative. It is the grueling account of the torture of seven brothers from the Second Book of Maccabees. This took place about 160 years before Jesus when the Syrians attempted to eliminate the Jewish religion. Just as 300 years later Christians would be told to curse Jesus or die, the Jews were told to perform an action in direct opposition to the Law of Moses or die. The particular action in this reading was eating pork. But this was not just about biting into a McRib sandwich. It was about rejecting the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.