Posted by: livingscripture | November 15, 2009

Thirty Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


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.                                            (Mark 13: 24-32)     



 How should we live this Word

 As though on a regal throne, Jesus is seated on the Mount of Olives (13: 3).  Here, in frontimagesCAG6E0XG of the Temple, as Mark specifies, almost as an alternative to the laws of a religion composed only of observance, He pronounces His discourse on the ultimate and definitive realities.  It is not by chance that the Lord chose this place to make us face the true reality of ourselves and of history.  This reality seems disorienting, yet if we reflect well on it, we grasp a revelation that is full of hope.  In fact, the Mount of Olives is, according to the prophecy of Zachariah, the place in which the Lord will judge Jerusalem.  Here ‘Yahweh will place His feet’ and ‘on that day there will be neither cold nor ice…the light will shine toward evening’.  It is finally Jerusalem and every person who yearns for God ‘will be tranquil and secure’. 

 This is what the Lord is alluding to while not excluding the weight of the present moment of tribulation and anguish.  A day will come in which our life will cross the threshold, but there will be the dawn of light and of eternal life for those who have shunned the darkness of evil and chosen the path of good without turning back.  The prophet Daniel calls them the ‘wise ones’ who will ‘be like the stars forever’. 

 But why does Jesus place before us ‘that day or hour’?  Because our gaze on the future that awaits us renders the present that we are living full of vigilant and trustful waiting.  The Lord will come!  With Him is our final awakening to life in God, the fullness of love in perennial movement, we in Him and He in us.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the One who is to come ‘with great power and glory’.  I will open myself to Him with grateful love and confidence.  This is my prayer:

 Come Lord Jesus, come!

 The voice of Abbé Pierre, contemporary Prophet

 Death is like an old friend that I have learned to know through the years.  In the face of death we feel somewhat like that little being who abandons the mother’s protective womb to enter into an unknown world.  It is a mixture of anguish and curiosity.

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