Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sister Catherine Waldron, SNDdeN

Nov 12, 2022 | Gospel Reflections

November 13, 2022

Luke 21: 5-19

If Christ were to be honored with a procession today, perhaps we would experience a truly loving Leader: a leader who proclaims
Inclusivity of Love as our greatest human value
Seeing God in every person we Encounter
Reverence for and Protection of all of Creation
Growing appreciation and practice of Inter-Culturality
Dedicated Care for our Earth
Increasing Simplicity and Living with Less

With the number of upheavals in the news these days, have you felt more intensely the nearness of apocalyptic times? Global warming is disrupting life as we have know it in our lives? People are suffering from unjust wars- especially in Ukraine, food insecurity, flooding, increasingly fatal weather patterns, divisive elections/resignations. Attempts to return to “life as it was before the pandemic” become tragedies such as stampedes at sporting and and unprovoked assaults seasonal events. Deep challenges to personal and political integrity-loss of truth telling and seeking, greedy appropriations of land needed for personal survival, threats to treasured values.
Is Systemic injustice growing? Or are we finally sharpening our senses to recognize and address of inequality?
Are we on the verge of a new creation? Is the Presidential election in Brazil a sign of the new kin(g)dom? Are we ready to place our lives fully in God’s hands?

Are we ready to follow Christ’s lead, the path to our unknown future?

Notice the questions that arise in your heart. These are like messages from Our dear and loving God. Walk with them each day.

We are in the procession proclaiming Christ our King’s presence and care for all creation! Let us celebrate and be the healing and loving presence of Christ, our King!



Luke 21: 5-19

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 days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”
Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?”
He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.”
Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.
“Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
The Gospel of the Lord



Meet Sister Catherine Waldron, SNDdeN

Sister Catherine Waldron, SNDdeN has served in many ministries during the past 48 years. Her first missions spanned all 12 grades of elementary and secondary education. She then was called into pastoral services in two different multicultural parishes in San Francisco. As she was discerning ministry in Africa, her Sisters called her to serve in leadership in California. Drawing on such varied life experience she became a Marriage and Family Therapist in schools and private practice. She continued to be active in various province, national and international committees and projects. In 2003 her Provincial Team asked her to assist with the possibility of our eight US provinces forming of a single National Unit. She served a five year term as a member of the first Leadership Team of the East-West province. She continued with the second Team until a serious infection caused her to resign from that position. She now continues to heal from and cope with the persistent effects of that illness. Proclaiming God’s Goodness