Readings: November 18, 2012 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Daniel 12:1-3       Hebrews 10:11-14, 18      The Message      Luke 17; 20-25  NAB

  • Daniel 12:1-3

      The Worst Trouble the World Has Ever Seen

In those days, I , Daniel, heard these words of the Lord:

Michael, the great angel-prince, champion of your people, will step in. It will be a time of trouble, the worst trouble the world has ever seen. But your people will be saved from the trouble, every last one found written in the Book. Many who have been long dead and buried will wake up, some to eternal life, others to eternal shame.

Men and women who have lived wisely and well will shine brilliantly, like the cloudless, star-strewn night skies. And those who put others on the right path to life will glow like stars forever.      © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterso

  • Hebrews 10:11-14, 18

Brothers and sisters:

Every priest goes to work at the altar each day, offers the same old sacrifices year in, year out, and never makes a dent in the sin problem. As a priest, Christ made a single sacrifice for sins, and that was it! Then he sat down right beside God and waited for his enemies to cave in. It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect some very imperfect people. By that single offering, he did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process.

The Holy Spirit confirms this:

This new plan I’m making with Israel isn’t going to be written on paper, isn’t going to be chiseled in stone; this time “I’m writing out the plan in them, carving it on the lining of their hearts.”

He concludes,  I’ll forever wipe the slate clean of their sins. Once sins are taken care of for good, there’s no longer any need to offer sacrifices for them.   © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterso

  • Gospel Luke 17:20-25

Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, Jesus said in reply,

“The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.”

Then he said to his disciples,

“The days will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. There will be those who will say to you, ‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’

Do not go off, do not run in pursuit. For just as lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.”             © New American Bible

 

 

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