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Sunday, November 18, 2018
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!