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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 15 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Daniel 12:1-3
Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11
Hebrews 10:11-14, 18
Mark 13:24-32

A reflection on today's Scripture:

As we're fast approaching the end of another Church Year, in two weeks Advent will begin. Beginning today, the readings speak of the final days of justice, when all that is hidden will be brought to light, both our good deeds and our evil deeds. With all the horrors of war, ethnic cleansings, and sins against the dignity of human life, we almost welcome the descriptions of the end times. We ponder some of these today in the prophecies of Daniel, and of Jesus Himself.

The prophet Daniel wrote during the Greek persecution of the Jews under the infamous Antiochus IV Epiphanes, one of the cruelest rulers of all time. Just one hundred and fifty years before Christ, the prophet expressed his belief in the resurrection of the just: "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake: some shall live forever, others shall be in everlasting horror and disgrace."

Then Daniel describes the other side of justice—justice for all who have patiently endured and courageously witnessed to the truth: "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." These are words that stir up our hope in eternal life, and vindicate the efforts of all who fight injustice. We do not suffer in vain. This prophecy contradicts those who tell us there is no God, and prayer is useless.

Even more dramatic is the prophetic vision of Jesus in the Gospel. Jesus, Who knows already that He is to be the Judge of all creation on the Last Day, realizes too that He is soon to offer His own Body and Blood on the cross once and for all in expiation for the sins of the world. (This theme is treated in today's second reading from Hebrews).

In this vision of the final days, Jesus declares that a cosmic collapse of the powers of heaven and earth will occur first, then He Himself will come in glory to gather those He has chosen. Then, He gives His listeners a warning to be on the alert. Only God the Father knows the exact day and the hour.

This Sunday is a call to live justly, to act rightly, and to stir up a firm hope in eternal life and joy with God.

~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lives of the saints:

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