33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Scripture: Mk 13:24-32

Jesus said to his disciples,

"In those days after that tribulation
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from the sky,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

"And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds'
with great power and glory,
and then he will send out the angels
and gather his elect from the four winds,
from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.

"Learn a lesson from the fig tree.
When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves,
you know that summer is near.
In the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that he is near, at the gates. 
Amen, I say to you,
this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place. 
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.

"But of that day or hour, no one knows,
neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

Reflection
I don't know about you, but this Gospel is not an easy one for me!  As much as I love God and my faith assures me that there is life after death and Jesus will come again to save us all, my humanity gets the best of me.  I do not want to hear about the end of time!!!  What fill me with great comfort and hope is that God's Word is with us NOW and God is present among and within us NOW!  I think of this past week, sharing a weekend retreat with students and hearing how God has uniquely worked in their lives and their response to God.  Also, the tangible presence of God when so many gathered for the "Midnight Run Festival" to hear such powerful stories of hope from those who might appear abandoned by others and by God.  May we all feel God Presence and Unconditional Love for us NOW!!  Sister Diane Capuano, OP - Assistant Director of Campus Ministry - Molloy College

Saint of the Day: Albertus Magnus, O.P.
Albertus Magnus, O.P. (before 1200 - November 15, 1280), also known as Albert the Great and Albert of Cologne, is a Catholic saint. He was a German Dominican friar and a Catholic bishop. He was one of the Church's greatest intellects. St. Thomas Aquinas was his student. Albert studied at the University of Padua and later taught at Hildesheim, Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Regensburg, and Strasbourg. He then taught at the University of Paris, where he received his doctorate in 1245. He was known during his lifetime as doctor universalis and doctor expertus and, late in his life, the term magnus was appended to his name. He was among the first and greatest of the natural scientists, gaining a reputation for expertise in biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geography, metaphysics, and mathematics. He was also very learned in biblical studies and theology. Scholars have referred to him as the greatest German philosopher and theologian of the Middle Ages. The Catholic Church honours him as a Doctor of the Church, one of only 36 so honoured.

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Job Frontispiece, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2006, The Saint John's Bible, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

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