The 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time 2021

Today is Sunday the 14th of November, beginning the 33rd week of Ordinary Time.   

 

Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short, sing “Bless the Lord My Soul” from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.  “Bless the Lord, my soul.  Lord God, how great you are!”  As I begin to pray today, I acknowledge the greatness of God, who created me and everything around me, the earth the moon and the stars, who makes springs gush forth in the valleys and grass grow for the cattle.  And I place myself in the hands of that great and wonderful God.

Today's reading is from the Prophet Daniel. 

 

Daniel 12: 1-3

At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.

 

We may well feel alarmed as we listen to today’s reading. This prophesy tells of

a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence.

How do you feel as you hear these words?

 

Call to mind some of the anguish you see in the world today, images in the News….Speak with God now, about the things that most disturb you, as if you are one friend sat with another.

 

As you listen again, notice which words have the most impact on you…

 

We may find that such images as those in today’s passage in Scripture are too terrifying or too wonderful, perhaps beyond our imagination. Gather up your thoughts and feelings and bring them to God in prayer.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.

Amen.