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​​Sunday, November 18, 2018
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings:

1st Reading        Daniel 12:1-3                         

Responsorial:     Psalm 16:5, 8-11
2nd Reading:     Hebrews 10:11-14, 18           

Gospel:               Mark 13:24-32

Questions for Reflection or Discussion:

The First Reading is a prophetic word pointing to Jesus’ Second Coming and the resurrection of the dead: In those days, I Daniel, heard this word of the Lord: "At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; it shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake. Some shall live forever; others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace (Daniel 12:1-2).

  • What is your reaction to the words that the author of Daniel uses to describe the Second Coming, Heaven, and Hell?
  • Do you agree with the words of the reading, especially when considering the opening words: In those days, I Daniel, heard this word of the Lord? In what way is the reading in line or isn’t in line with your own beliefs?
  • Considering God’s judgment on sin, and the graphic description of Hell used in the reading, what steps can you take to grow in your relationship with the Lord, grow in holiness, and grow in faith?

The Responsorial Psalm opens with these words of the psalmist: O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup, you it is who hold fast my lot. I set the Lord ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. The psalmist goes on to remind us of the Lord’s eternal faithfulness: Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices, my body, too, abides in confidence; because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld, nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption. You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever. 

  • How does the psalmist describe the blessings we have when we turn to the Lord? In what ways do you believe these blessings apply to you?  How would you describe the ways the Lord has blessed your life?
  • In what way are the words of this psalm also related to the promise of the First Reading?

In the Second Reading, we are again reminded that Christ has paid the price for our sins when he offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool. For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.

  • What impact does the truth of these scriptures have on your confidence in the one sacrifice for sin?
  • What do you think it means that: For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated?
  • How can you allow the words of this reading to impact how you live out your life?

In the Gospel reading, Jesus describes his second coming: In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds' with great power and glory, and then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky. Jesus also tells us to be watchful: Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates.

  • How would you describe the differences between Jesus’ first coming and his second coming when he will gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky?
  • What do you think are some of the signs of his second coming? How can you better prepare for his second coming?
  • Since Jesus told us that of that day or hour, no one knows when the he will come again, do you believe that our best strategy is to live each day as if it were our last and to always “be ready”? Why or why not?

Take some time now to pray and ask for the grace to be ready to welcome Jesus’ return, no matter when his Second Coming occurs. Use the prayer below from the end of the meditation as the starting point.

                    “Lord Jesus, I want to be ready to greet you when you come again in glory!