33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time C

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The Time Has Come!

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Many Jews day in the first century anticipated the “Day of the Lord” or Doom’s day. John the Baptist had preached its nearness. There was a debate over the exact nature of this event and its imminence. Jesus warns his followers not to become unduly upset over it. He urges them not to be worried over the signs that were said to presage it. He clearly teaches that the “Day” would not bring the destruction of the world, but the conclusion of the pre-Christian era. In the new world, Christians should expect persecution. He promises to give his disciples spiritual wisdom to counter their foes.

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Malachi 3:19-20a

The sun of justice will arise

  • This reading from the Book of the prophet Malachi, was written during the fifth century B.C.
  • The people had slipped into complacency, again.
  • Malachi remindes them that the day of the Lord was coming.


2 Thessalonians 3:7-12

Work is a noble, good thing

  • The Thessalonians expected the second coming of Christ to arrive immediately.
  • Some had stopped working and were simply waiting.
  • Paul urges them to imitate him and continue to do what is right.


Luke 21:5-19

Your endurance will win you your life

  • This gospel passage is Luke’s version of Jesus’ apocalyptic discourse concerning the end of the world.
  • Two sets of images are interwoven. They include the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 by the Romans and the coming of the Son of Man at the end of time.
  • By the time the Gospel of Luke was written, it was evident that the return of the Son of Man was not going to happen immediately. Luke encourages Christians to persevere in faithfulness so that they will always be ready.

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