November 14, Sunday, 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
Sunday Readings: Daniel 12:1-3; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18 & Mark 13:24-32
This Sunday is the second to last Sunday of our liturgical year. As we approach the end of the Church year, the Gospel invites us to consider Jesus' predictions and teaching about the end of the world. In the context of Mark's Gospel, Jesus' words about this are spoken to his disciples as he prepares them for his passion and death.
In his final exhortation to His disciples, Jesus affirms (Mark 13: 24 – 32) that the Messianic crisis and the long-awaited deliverance of the chosen people were about to take place. They did take place in the death and resurrection of the Lord.
The cosmic wonders signify God's decisive intervention in human history and the ultimate victory of God's people under the leadership of Jesus the Lord, who was to suffer, die and rise again for the salvation of humanity.
This promise and this hope enable the Christians to live with courage and hope amidst their sufferings. The expectation of God's kingdom's coming beyond human history is the centre of the Judeo-Christian faith.
While in the first reading, Daniel prophesies (Daniel 12: 1 – 3) about the judgment of the last days. Moreover, in the second reading, Jesus' offering for sin (Hebrews 10: 11 – 14. 18) has made all to be consecrated perfect forever.
Jesus' words are not spoken to frighten his disciples, nor should they frighten us. Instead, they are offered to prepare us for the changes we will experience during our lifetimes and at the end. Our consolation and hope are found in the lasting nature of Jesus' words and God's never-ending love for us.