The rededication of the temple enabled the Jews to reassert their identity. They were God’s people. He was their God.
Sometimes saying no is hard, costly, embarrassing. But not saying no when no is called for is even more demanding.
This passage is one of the earliest examples of faith in the resurrection. Torment and persecution are not the last words.
The renegade Jews propose that Eleazar bring his own food and pretend to partake in a pagan ritual with them. Rather than dilute or deny his Jewish identity, Eleazar chooses death.
We live in a culture that is predominantly pagan. We need to be wary about assimilating its practices and values.
The author of the "Book of Wisdom" presents examples of God's providence for His people. God still loves His people today. He cares for them--for us.
People study the works of creation but they do not appropriately discern the nature of the Creator. They begin to look upon creation as the Creator Himself.
Wisdom is a reflection of the might and brilliance of God. It is the capacity to share in God’s life, to be like God.
Gratitude is something that we are all called to practice. None of us has given God really adequate thanks for everything we have received.
The just find their life's meaning in the Lord. They are in peace. The Lord is their king, and those who trust in the Lord shell abide with Him forever.