33rd Sunday in Ordinary TimeNovember 17, 2013
TRUST IN FAILURE
As we come to the end of the liturgical year (only two weeks until Advent begins), we become more aware that everything is temporary. The warm, sunny, full days of summer have turned barren as the winter cold sets in. What was once full of life and colour is seemingly lost.
And these physical signs echo the spiritual life, as Jesus speaks of the temple in the Gospel – all that you see here – the day will come when not one stone will be left unturned.
It is good to remember, that in the scriptures, the temple is often a metaphor for our own lives and so the message is not one for the past, but the present. Jesus is telling us that the day will come when God will seem to disappear; when Jesus will be silently in the grave; when our prayer seems dry and barren.
Perhaps in our marriage, our employment, our vocation, our environment – in some way – for reasons quite unexplainable to us – the lives we have worked so hard to build – the ideals we have tried so hard to hold on to – they will all come down not leaving one stone unturned.
CLICK HERE for the readings for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Malachi 3:19-20; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 3:17-12; Luke 21:5-19)