Gospel Reflections

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Luke 21:5-19

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Nancy Wellmeier

Published: November 17, 2019

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While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, "All that you see here-- the... Read More…


 

These things are bound to happen first..."

On this last Sunday of the liturgical year, we say farewell to "ordinary time." Jesus foretells "extraordinary" time--disastrous conflict among nations and in the cosmos itself. It may seem to us that, in the words of novelist Chinua Achebe, "Things Fall Apart."  We may indeed feel that the extraordinary times are here and now. But from all these disturbances, there can be positive outcomes; they present an opportunity for witness, not just the witness of martyrdom, but of the shining charity of men and women testifying to God's provident love.  As violence, hatred and intolerance increase, so must kindness, respect and love. 

On this third World Day of the Poor, established as an annual remembrance by Pope Francis in 2017, we renew our belief that God is near and does not abandon us--we are called to witness to this truth to those made poor, without worrying or trying to ascertain the "when" of Christ's return. What does it matter, after all, in the midst of disasters, to know that the Lord will one day return if He does not already live in me? Thousands of God's children on the move across the planet due to these negative spirits will find God's compassion in our care for their needs, and our insistence that God is really, really, in charge of it all.

 

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