33rd Sunday of Year B
We are called to both love God and to know him, which means knowledge of our faith is fundamental, writes Father Hawkswell. (Ben White/Unsplash)
BASILICA OF THE NATIONAL SHRINE
Celebrant & Homilist: Rev. Robert Cilinski Guest Choir: St. Catherine Labouré Parish, Wheaton, MD
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What Is the Apocalypse?
Friends, there is something dark, threatening, and a little bit dire about the Gospel reading today, but through it, we see that death is not the final word. We’ve listened to the noise of the world for long enough, and now we need a new spiritual guide to lead us out of our complacency: Jesus.
Sunday Podcast Archive
by Bishop Robert Barron . November 15, 2015
Our first reading for this weekend is from the utterly fascinating book of Daniel. Daniel is an example of apocalyptic literature, and apocalyptic books reveal something of decisive significance. We see that significance when Jesus comes preaching the kingdom of God, by which he was taken to be announcing the fulfillment of the Daniel prophecy. This is the apocalypse, the great unveiling: a new kingdom has come, a dominion that will last forever.
by Bishop Robert Barron . November 18, 2012
Today’s readings deal with the end of time and the great cosmic battle. In the Gospels, Christ fights against the powers of darkness, defeats them through the Resurrection, and brings His people together.
The scriptures for this Sunday represent a biblical genre called “apocalyptic”, which means “unveiling” or “revelation.” The extraordinary revelation of these particular scriptures is that in the death and resurrection of Jesus, the battle against the fallen powers of heaven and earth has been won and a new age has begun, the age of the Church.
In our rather apocalypic Gospel for today, Jesus is not so much predicting the end of the space-time continuum as he is showing that a new world arrives through his death and resurrection. Apocalypse means literally “unveiling,” and what is unveiled, revealed in the Paschal Mystery is none other than the end of an old way of being and the beginning of a new one.
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, shares thoughts on preaching pro-life on the 33rd Sunday of Year B. We’re in the time of the Church’s year where we focus on the Second Coming of Christ. Fr. Frank talks about why this waiting is active, not passive.
Father Frank Pavone
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
SOURCE: Priests for Life
Life Issues Homilies
Lifeissues.net website publishes articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae, and related homilies by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.
As the early Church was encouraged and given hope by Mark’s account of the end-time, so must we. And because we do not know the “day or the hour”, we must remain vigilant and persevere in our belief to the end.
In August 1976, I thought the end of the world has come with the great earthquake and the accompanying tsunami that killed thousands in our area of the country. It was midnight when we awoke to a loud rushing sound that accompanied the quake. The moon was red as we ran out of our rooms and clung to the big pine trees for protection.
Whether this world will end with a great deluge or a great fire we do not know. Scientific theories abound and they make their way into the creative imagination of movie producers and writers. Predictions have been made as to the exact day or hour. Since the invention of the nuclear bomb, we have come to the awareness that such cataclysm is within our human powers. We are capable of destroying this world many times over. The issue of global warming is not just a theory. Now we see clear signs that it is indeed happening.
Do we recognize the signs of tribulation’ in our time – rampant obesity, coronary angina, diabetes, sexually transmitted viruses and AIDS? We treat their symptoms – infection, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness and acid reflux – with drugs and medications rather than their possibly underlying vices, gluttony, lust and sloth? Greed, pride, envy and anger, what are their symptoms? Is anyone angry at me for mentioning this?
Those who love evil are absolute egoists who feed off of the adulation and praise of others, so they carefully fabricate a façade, a false self that is very likeable. But if we were to get a glimpse of what is underneath, we’d be horrified. But the wise shall shine brightly, because they are completely unstained, like crystal, pure and emptied of self-love, and so the divine light can penetrate right through them.
These passages, remote as they may seem to modern and postmodern ears, reflect a reality about the human condition that speaks as insistently to us, today, as it did to the early church finding its identity in Christ.