Thu - 18.09.14

Sunday 18th November, 2012
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. G. Daniel 12:1-3. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope—Ps 15(16):5, 8-11. Hebrews 10:11-14, 18. Mark 13:24-32 [Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss Peter and Paul].

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‘He will send in his angels to gather his chosen from the four winds.’

Although Mark was mistaken in his conviction that the End Times were imminent, the death and resurrection of Jesus did usher in a last age. God’s saving plan was the sending of his Son, and that plan will be fulfilled when, after this life, we enter into eternal life with God.

Mark’s use of apocalyptic imagery, common in his day, may not appeal to us, but it is not a message of doom and gloom, rather a call to watchfulness, perseverance and hope. Lord, all you ask of me is a contrite heart. Give me the grace to be sorry for my sins and to follow your Way. Then let me live in joyful anticipation of the moment when I stand before you.



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