Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

He will gather his chosen from the four winds.

As we come towards the end of the Liturgical Year the thoughts of the church turn to the Second Coming of the Lord. Jesus, who has warned the disciples of his imminent death and resurrection, now looks forward to what will happen when he comes in glory.

In the month of November the fact that the faithful will be gathered from the ends of heaven and earth, echoes with Daniel’s promise that those whose names are written in the Book of Life will rise to everlasting life. As we remember our own loved ones who have died we profess our faith in the resurrection of the dead.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

Sunday.

At that time Michael will stand up, the great prince who mounts guard over your people. There is going to be a time of great distress, unparalleled since the nations first came into existence. When that time come, your own people will be spared, all those whose names are written in the Book.  (Daniel 12:1-2)

  • How does it feel that you have a guardian in Archangel Michael?
  • Have you ever had a period of distress in your life?
  • Whose names do you pray are written in the Book of Life?
  • What does God’s promise of protection say to you?

Monday.

O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup; it is you yourself who are my prize. I keep the Lord ever in my sight: since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm. (Psalm 15:5.8)

  • What was the best prize you ever won?
  • How do you keep the Lord ever in your sight?
  • When have you experienced being sustained by the Lord?
  • What is the most important part of having God in your life?

Tuesday.

And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad; even my body shall rest in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead, nor let your beloved know decay. (Psalm 15: 9-10)

  • What makes you glad?
  • What makes you feel safe?
  • Reflect on being ‘beloved’.
  • What is the Lord saying to you about eternal life?

Wednesday.

You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence, at your right hand happiness for ever. (Psalm 15:11)

  • What path has your life taken?
  • What would be the ‘fullness of joy’ for you?
  • How does the Lord’s presence make you happy?
  • What is God saying to you about happiness and joy.

Thursday.

By virtue of that one single offering, he has achieved the eternal perfection of all whom he is sanctifying. When all sins have been forgiven, there can be no more sin offerings. (Hebrews 10:14.18)

  • What does ‘eternal perfection’ imply for you?
  • Reflect on being ‘sanctifying’.
  • Reflect on all your sins being forgiven.
  • What is God saying to you about his offering himself for you?

Friday

Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory; then too he will send the angels to gather his chosen from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of heaven.  (Mark 13:26-27)

  • What would be the end of the world for you?
  • What do you believe about the second coming of the Lord?
  • Who do you pray will be gathered by the angels?
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about his coming in glory?

Saturday

I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all these things will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, no one but the Father. (Mark 13:30-32)

  • What and who have passed away from your life?
  • Why will the Lord’s words not pass away?
  • Are you ready to meet the Lord today?
  • What is the Lord saying to you about being prepared?
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