Sunday Readings and Reflections

Sunday, November 13 
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Roman Ordinary calendar

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Book of Malachi 3,19-20.

Lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the LORD of hosts. 
But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays. 

Psalms 98(97),5-6.7-8.9.

Sing praise to the LORD with the harp, 
with the harp and melodious song. 
With trumpets and the sound of the horn 
sing joyfully before the King, the LORD. 

Let the sea and what fills it resound, 
the world and those who dwell in it; 
Let the rivers clap their hands, 
The mountains shout with them for joy before the LORD. 

The LORD comes, 
He comes to rule the earth; 
He will rule the world with justice 
And the peoples with equity. 

Second Letter to the Thessalonians 3,7-12.

Brothers and sisters: you know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, 
nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you. 
Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us. 
In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. 
We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. 
Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food. 

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 21,5-19.

While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, 
“All that you see here–the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.” 
Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” 
He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them! 
When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.” 
Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 
There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.” 
Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. 
It will lead to your giving testimony. 
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, 
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. 
You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 
You will be hated by all because of my name, 
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. 
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” 


Saint Patrick (c.385-c.461) 
missionary monk, Bishop 
Confession, 34-38 ; SC 249

“It will lead to your giving testimony”

I must give thanks to my God continuously. He has helped me to keep my faith through difficult times, so that I can fearlessly offer myself as a kind of living sacrifice to Christ. The Lord has rescued me from so many dangers that sometimes I just have to ask: “God, who am I? … “From where did I get such wisdom?” It certainly wasn’t from inside myself. “I didn’t know my future,” and I had no great knowledge of God. And later on, who was it who gave me such a wonderful and life-giving gift, the gift to know and love God? But to receive such things, I had to leave behind my home and family … I came to Ireland to preach the good news and to suffer abuse from unbelievers and … to have my mission shamefully criticized. I have had many hard times, even to the point of being enslaved again, but I traded in my free birth for the good of others. 

If I am worthy, I am even ready to lay down my life willingly and without hesitation for his name. Here, in Ireland, is where I wish to live out my final days, if God will permit me. I owe so much to God, who allowed so many people to find a new life in him through me. I confirmed them in our faith and ordained clergy for them everywhere, for a people just coming to a belief in God. The master chose them from the ends of the earth, just as he said he would through the prophets: “The gentiles will come to you from the ends of the earth” and …: “I will place you like a lamp among the nations so that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.”

(Biblical references : Ps 94[93]:9; Rom 12:1; 2 Sm 7:18; Mt 13:54; Ps 38[35]:5; 2 Tm 2:9; Lk 1:70; Jer 16:19; Is 49:6; Acts 13:47)

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