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November 13, 2016

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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As we approach the end of Ordinary Time, the liturgical readings draw our attention to the end of the world and the second coming of Christ. Today Jesus admonishes His followers not to trust the power of people or institutions, but to rely only on God. Our Savior warns that they may have to stand up for their faith in Him – but He will always be with them. “You are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I Myself shall give you wisdom in speaking.... You will be hated by all because of My name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives” (Luke 21:14-15, 17-19).

Now, two millennia later, there are Christians who still suffer for their belief in Jesus. Each one who embraces the way of Christ must understand that we may well endure problems or pain in order to live our faith fully. No matter if the world ends tomorrow or a million years from now, let us simply persevere in being the hopeful people our Lord expects. Let us entrust ourselves completely to His everlasting mercy.


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November 13, 2016

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Link to Readings

The Old and New Testament readings for today focus on that time we can never predict: the end of the world. Many of Jesus’ earliest followers assumed that since the Son of God had already come, they would not have long to wait. This resulted in some Christians giving up their usual work and activities. They even allowed their anxieties to make them troublesome to others. St. Paul reprimanded these people. “Some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. Such people we…urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly” (2 Thessalonians 3:11-12).

Now, two thousand years have passed and we still await the second coming of Christ. Instead of focusing on the Final Judgment, we tend to ignore it. A better approach is to trust our Lord and seek His will each day.

Suggested missionary action: We can ask God to help us concentrate on fulfilling our tasks with devotion and simplicity. We can also pray for His aid in sharing our faith through generosity and mercy for others.

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