33rd Sunday in Ordinary TimeNovember 18, 2012
WE HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE
Every year about this time, when our days begin to get darker and colder, we hear the apocalyptic readings about the end days. They almost seem to reflect the advancing barrenness of our trees and environment. The beauty and pageantry of fall has faded and now we prepare ourselves for winter – a season of survival.
Our Gospel reflects our first reading from Daniel and contains all of the attributes of apocalyptic literature: there are signs of wonder, great military battles, and the gathering of a remnant people.
Pope John XXIII said that history is one of our greatest teachers. And we can ask what we learn from history? First, that we have faced such difficulties before and survived them. Second, we are also reminded that they faced terrible difficulties. If you sit down with the Bible, you will find that 2/3 of the stories are about loss and exile – and so why would we think that we would be exempt from all of that?
Our path forward as a church will come from looking backward and realizing that God did not abandon them, nor will God abandon us.
CLICK HERE for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-14,18; Mark 13:24-32)