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33th Sunday in Ordinary Time C Year

Sunday, November 17, 2019

The fact of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives to every Christian in the Church a new basis of faith and hope in eternal life. This is why, we as Christians do not panic hearing the voices about an apocalyptic end of the world. Every Christian knows, with all the Church, that everything is in the hands of a just and merciful God. In an atmosphere of the end of the liturgical year, we approach the readings today, which speak about the signs of the end of the earth which in reality are marks of every time. For the people of every age those signs are the certain signal that each life will end with a death and everyone has to pass an examination from his life. For a Christian, who draws good conclusions from his defeats and falls and who trie to live every day according to the will of God following Jesus Christ, the end times shouldn’t be regarded with fear. Dies irae (in Latin translates to “Day of Wrath”), should be a day in which everyone will see the justice of God. The prophet Malachi tells us today: “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.” Then “The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice” (the refrain of today's Responsorial Psalm) because of the mercifulness of God showed from the cross of Jesus Christ. And, as was the case of the temple in Jerusalem which was destroyed after many insurrections, cataclysms and wars, according to the prophecy of Jesus Christ, so it will be at the last day of the times. Then we should with a quiet and pure conscience, expecting the coming of the judgment of God listening to Christ’s directions: “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”. During the persecutions, because of Jesus “do not 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.” And even the parents and close relatives will put many to death. Jesus assures us that “not hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”