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Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
ThursdayNovember 10, 2016
The readings for the Thirty-third Sunday prepare us for the end of time. When that will occur is of course a mystery; more than likely each of us will meet the end of our temporal existence before that time. Regardless of when we face the end of this journey, we do not want to be caught unaware or unprepared as Jesus points out in many stories, such as the virgins with their oil lamps (Mt 25:1-13).
The first reading refers to "the day that is coming" and promises healing to those who are faithful to God (Mal 3:19-20). The psalmist expresses that not only man, but all of creation gives praise before the King and that "He will rule the world with justice" (Ps 98:5-9). Paul offers instructions for preparedness; he sets an expectation that each person should be a contributing and productive member of the community, maintaining behaviors that reflect their dignity and treating others with that same dignity. He does his best to live his own life accordingly so that we can be instructed by his example (2 Thes 3:7-12). Jesus himself calls us to be both aware and prepared: "Do not be deceived ... do not be terrified of what is happening around you (Lk 21:5-19). He calls us to be ready to give testimony when we are tried and at that time allow him to speak through us!"
What kind of disposition must we have in order to follow the examples and teachings of Jesus, then Paul, and those who guide us now in our own time? Jesus' command: "Love the Lord your God, and love your neighbor as yourself" (Mk 12:30-31) can be as difficult as it is simple! But with consistency in daily prayer, by grace we give God opportunities to heal our brokenness. Thus He can strengthen us to take authority over our disordered passions and dispose us to the behaviors of love, forgiveness, purity of heart and intercession for the world. Let us go forth boldly toward our final destination with confidence in Christ, our King! – Bernadette Harmon for Fr. Francis Martin
"For you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays." (Malachi 3:20a)
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November 20: The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Audio Homilies)
ReflectionContemplation and Purity of Heart #7
First ReadingMalachi 3:19-20A
Second Reading2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
ReflectionContemplation and Purity of Heart #8
First Reading2 Samuel 5:1-3
Second ReadingColossians 1:12-20
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