33rd Sunday in OT - November 14, 2021

When we approach the end of any liturgical year, we listen to the kind of readings that we hear proclaimed today.  As frightening as the warnings are in today’s readings, they are accompanied by assurance that God remains with us, always.  We like to be in control of our lives.  We like to know what the future holds for us, just like we want to know what the future weather will be.

In the first reading, Daniel begins the prophecy we hear warning us of a terrible time, a time unsurpassed in distress, but immediately assures his audience that God’s chosen will escape-aided by those who lead them like the stars in the sky.  Before GPS or even electricity, stars were used to guide travelers to their destination.  We are called to be those stars now, beacons of light reflecting Christ our light for others to follow to justice, to life everlasting.  Let us be as the angels Jesus describes in the Gospel, assisting the Lord by drawing others to justice, drawing them to peace.

If we don’t know the day or hour these things will happen, it is difficult to remain vigilant and hopeful.  However, Jesus will not come only at the end of time.  He may come as a stranger in need or a friend in pain.  He may come into our hearts at a significant time or when we least expect.  It may not seem glorious in the least, but Jesus comes in ways great and small every day.  Let us be vigilant in keeping watch for Him.  He comes now in the Eucharist, present in this special way every time we celebrate Mass.  Indeed God is with us, Emmanuel, and will return in glory at the end of time.  We have nothing to fear or worry about.  His kingdom will come.

Love, Peace, Joy,

Fr. Bob


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