Lectionary Reflections: Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time [b] November 8, 2015

Engaging Faith | Tue, Nov 10, 2015

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time [b]

November 15, 2015


Daniel 12:1-3

Hebrews 10:11-14, 18

Mark 13:24-32



November 14 – 22: National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

November 15: America Recycles Day

November 16: Anniversary of the deaths of the 6 Jesuits and 2 women at the University of Central America in El Salvador in 1989

November 16: International Day for Tolerance



May people learn to fight for justice without violence, renouncing class struggle in their internal disputes, and war in international ones.

-John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 23

Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start, despite their mental and social conditioning.

-Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 205

God's people clung tenaciously to hope in the promise of an eschatological time when, in the fullness of salvation, peace and justice would embrace and all creation would be secure from harm. The people looked for a messiah, one whose coming would signal the beginning of that time. In their waiting, they heard the prophets call them to love according to the covenantal vision, to repent, and to be ready for God's reign.

-United States Bishop’s Peace Pastoral, The Challenge of Peace, 36

…there is a better understanding today that the mere accumulation of goods and services, even for the benefit of the majority, is not enough for the realization of human happiness. Nor, in consequence, does the availability of the many real benefits provided in recent times by science and technology, including the computer sciences, bring freedom from every form of slavery. On the contrary, the experience of recent years shows that unless all the considerable body of resources and potential at human disposal is guided by a moral understanding and by an orientation towards the true good of the human race, it easily turns against human beings to oppress them.

-John Paul II, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 28

Violence puts the brakes on authentic development and impedes the evolution of peoples towards greater socio-economic and spiritual well-being. This applies especially to terrorism motivated by fundamentalism, which generates grief, destruction and death, obstructs dialogue between nations and diverts extensive resources from their peaceful and civil uses.

-Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 29 

Everything is interconnected, and this invites us to develop a spirituality of that global solidarity which flows from the mystery of the Trinity.

-Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 240


Thoughts for Your Consideration

The social teaching of the church invites us to connect the scriptures with contemporary issues. Today we may want to reflect on that human behavior, which seems to be contributing to a possible time “unsurpassed in distress.”

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