33rd Sunday in Ordinary TimeNovember 15, 2015
LOOKING FORWARD TO SOMETHING NEW
Our readings today speak of great tribulation – in fact they do so with great poetry and imagery. We hear the sun will be darkened; the moon will no longer give off light, stars will fall from the sky. Some who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake and live forever; others will live in everlasting horror and disgrace.
Every year about this time, when our days begin to get darker and colder, we hear these 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 and a new year for Advent is only two weeks from now.
However, this is not a time for fear or dread; rather that of hope, for we are also told that God’s elect will be gathered and will not pass away.
CLICK HERE for the readings for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Deuteronomy 12:1-3; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32)