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But of that day or hour, no one knows,
neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son,
but only the Father.

Time to take a look at the scriptures for this coming weekend and to let the Word of the Lord begin to make its way into our hearts and minds (and for some of us, homily preparation!).

This Sunday is the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, the penultimate Sunday before the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of a new liturgical year! (The 34th or last Sunday in Ordinary time (11/29 in 2015) is always the Solemnity of Christ the King.)*

You'll find the readings and background material on them here. If you're bringing children to Mass this weekend, you'll find some hints here for helping young ones prepare to hear the Lord's Word.

The first scripture this weekend is from the Book of the Prophet Daniel - a great vision foretelling the future of the Jews in ancient times but one which we read through the lens of faith and our hope for everlasting life. In the gospel, Jesus quotes from another portion of Daniel and offers his own vision of the end time when he will come again in power and glory. Announcing that creation itself will announce his coming, Jesus uses the fig tree as an image warning us to read the signs of the times and to be prepared!

The last in a series of readings from the Letter to the Hebrews compares and contrasts the daily ministry of every Jewish priest with the once-for-all sacrificial ministry of Jesus.

*As the end of the Year of Grace 2015 draws near, it might be helpful to take a look at the old pie-chart of the liturgical year...


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  1. A Jesuit friend of mine recommended this site to me and I'm quite grateful to have it now as part of my routine in the early morning. Thank you for your thoughtful (and sometimes challenging) reflections. It's become part of my prayer life. Father Tom

  2. Thanks for your kind words, Tom - praise God from whom all blessings flow!


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