DAILY MASS READINGS (November 18, 2018)

33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (CYCLE B, Green)

 

Reading 1 (DANIEL 12:1-3)

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Daniel

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.

“But the wise shall shine brightly
like the splendor of the firmament,
and those who lead the many to justice
shall be like the stars forever.”

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11)

R. (1) You are my inheritance, O Lord!
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.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord!
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.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord!
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord!

Reading 2 (HEBREWS 10:11-14, 18)

Brothers and sisters:
Every priest stands daily at his ministry,
offering frequently those same sacrifices
that can never take away sins.
But this one 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.

Where there is forgiveness of these,
there is no longer offering for sin.

– The word of the Lord.

Alleluia (LUKE 21:36)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MARK 13:24-32)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.

“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.
Amen, I say to you,
this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.

“But of that day or hour, no one knows,
neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.
Reflection: The annual Liturgical Calendar of the Church is coming to an end. The Season of Ordinary Time is composed of 33-34 weeks, symbolizing the age of our Lord Jesus Christ before he ascended into heaven 40 days after his Resurrection and the year of his Paschal Mystery (33 A.D.). On this Sunday before the Solemnity of Christ the King, we are reminded by our Lord about his Second Coming, which is also known as the ‘Parousia’. Most of us would put fear in our hearts because we are all afraid to die. We would usually think the world will end by different natural calamities such as earthquakes and tsunamis, similar to the ones we saw in the movie ‘2012’. But then again, these things are only signs of the times, and they are continuously happening. However, it doesn’t mean that the world is really coming to end. The event that would really mark the end of the world and the Parousia is the Great Tribulation. At first, thismay seem bad, but in the end, Christ, the Son of Man, will come with glory and power. The Prophet Daniel in the First Reading describes that glorious occasion of Jesus Christ who will become a judge to both the living and the dead. He will come to bring justice to the world. The righteous will go to heaven, while the evil will go to hell. This is the Universal Judgement he will bring, and he will do it not like a regular judge does, but rather with mercy and compassion. So the question now is: “When will the world end?” No one actually knows that unknown day and hour, not even the angels or Jesus, but only God the Father. It may happen anytime either within our lives or within the lives of the future generations. But how can we explain the different natural calamities, disasters, and phenomena happening in our world today, wherein many people suffer so greatly? Don’t they show that the world is ending? With these signs occurring around the globe, the worlds are continuously ending, and they are our worlds of sin, evil, hatred, selfishness, and all other vices and abuses. There are many times we’ve failed to do what we should have done (Omission), and times we’ve done something that we shouldn’t have done (Commission). Those are the reasons why sin displeases our Creator. Yet, he gave us his Only Begotten Son to save us from evil, and this happened when out of love Christ offered his life on the Cross. Because of his obedience to the Father’s will, he becomes our Mediator and King. The Letter to the Hebrews in the Second Reading proclaim to us his perfect priesthood that wrought the one sacrifice on the Cross that cleansed the sins of many. He promises that one day, he will come again to mercifully judge the world. As we journey down this road, let us ponder and reflect on the following questions:
1.) What are those little worlds that hinder you from coming to him?
2.) Have you ever failed to do something good for others, which you should have done for them?
3.) Have you ever done something evil to others, which you were not supposed to do to them?
4.) Amid all those sins you have committed, are you already living a good life? How will you show that you are a faithful child of God?
5.) Are you ready to face Christ when he comes again in glory? How will you prepare for his Second Coming?
Finally, let us also remember what he will say to us when that time comes: “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).

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