Mass Readings & Commentary (33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)



Malachi 3:19-20
Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
St. Luke 21:5-19

Let’s take a look at today’s Gospel reading. Here Christ bids us to prepare ourselves for the time to come. He calls on us to prepare for the time when He will return to us, namely the Second Coming of Christ. We will be persecuted in the name of Christ and His Church. We will be “reviled and persecuted for His sake” but, as said in the Beatitudes, “for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Christians will be tormented and harmed just for our defense of the Faith. We need to remember Christ’s admonition here:

“All will hate you because of me, yet not a hair of your head will be harmed. By patient endurance you will save your lives.”

Many Christians try and talk away the coming horrors that will occur before the Second Coming of Christ. Earthquakes, floods, wars. Some denominations of Protestantism spend their entire time shouting that the time is come. We don’t need to follow them for Christ instructs us here not to waste our time doing. Also we do not need to follow into the stupor of lack of care regarding the coming of Christ. We need to care about it. But, we don’t need to let it overcome our lives. We need to continue to live our daily lives and live life to the fullest.

Do not, brothers and sisters, do not waste your time in constant fear of an apocalypse. We don’t know when He will come whether it be in our lifetimes or a million years from now. What we DO need to do is prepare our souls for the coming of Christ. Whether that be the coming of Christ to earth or the coming of Christ to take our souls into heaven. Our souls need to be prepared.

Prepare your souls for the Lord. Spend time in prayer. Dedicate your daily works to the Lord. If you live a life of truth and follow God no matter what trials and tribulations you have endured in this lifetime, “there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.”

God bless you all by the reading, the hearing, the understanding, and the doing of His Word.

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