17th November 2019
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Resp. Psalm 97:5-9.
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12.
The Gospel of Luke (21:5-19)
The time will come when not a single stone will be left on another
When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, Jesus said, ‘All these things you are staring at now – the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another: everything will be destroyed.’ And they put to him this question: ‘Master,’ they said ‘when will this happen, then, and what sign will there be that this is about to take place?’ ‘Take care not to be deceived,’ he said ‘because many will come using my name and saying, “I am he” and, “The time is near at hand.” Refuse to join them. And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened, for this is something that must happen but the end is not so soon.’ Then he said to them, ‘Nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes and plagues and famines here and there; there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
‘But before all this happens, men will seize you and persecute you; they will hand you over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and bring you before kings and governors because of my name – and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. Keep this carefully in mind: you are not to prepare your defence, because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. You will be hated by all men on account of my name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. Your endurance will win you your lives.’
The End Times
Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.
The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection. The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God’s victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven.579 God’s triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgement after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world.
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 675,677.
Feasts this Week
Mon 18 Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
Tue 19 St. Mary Alphonsine Ghattas (1843-1927), Palestinian Religious and Foundress of the Congregation of the Holy Rosary (in our diocese)
Thu 21 Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Fri 22 St. Cecilia, Virgin, Martyr
Sat 23 St. Clement I, Pope and Martyr. 4th Pope f the Church (yrs 92 – 99) St. Columbanus, Irish Abbot and Missionary (543-615)
(Psalter week I)
Readings for Sunday 24 Nov (Christ the King)
2 Samuel 5:1-3.
St. Columbanus, the Irish Missionary Monk
Columbanus was impetuous, handsome and therefore constantly tempted by women, until one day, a religious woman gave him some advise: “Hast thou forgotten Samson, David and Solomon, all led astray by the love of women? There is no safety for thee, young man, except in flight.” He listened to her and against his mother’s wishes, he became a monk. In the year 585, with a handful of religious, he went to France where he found barbarians, bad clergy and much faithlessness. There, king Gontram welcomed him and gave the monks a building where people soon began to visit them, and Columbanus religious community began to grow. The Frankish bishops, however, were not so well disposed towards the monks and when the king died, queen Brunehault also went againstthe monks. Columbanus was captured and sent back to Ireland but a storm arose before the trip even began, sending Columbanus into an apostolic mission through several countries finding sometimes success, and others persecution. Already well on in years and his enemies now dead, he ended up in Italy, in a land called Bobbio, where he turned a ruined Church into his celebrated abbey. He prepared for death by retiring to a cave where he spent his last days. Many miracles have been wrought at his tomb.
St. Columbanus. Stained glass window at Bobbio’s Abbey
CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE Fri 29 Nov, Call Fr. Jim 99793169
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN NICOSIA Tuesday 3 December, depart from Debenhams at 8am. Info, call 9949 4140.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR at AMH Tues 10 December 9am-12pm, Christmas carols with Zingers, Raffle prizes, Stalls, Mince pies, etc., €5 entrance.
LIGHT UP A LIFE Thurs 12 Dec, 6pm at Agia Kyriaki. Dedicate a candle for a departed loved one €8 for our Hospice. Call Mary Penny on 96398641.
CARITAS PAPHOS Needs English or Greek teacher. Thanks for the non-perishable food, prayers and support. Please call Wendy 9904 0294.
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