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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

On the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, we learn about the temporary nature of worldly possessions and the importance of using our gifts to serve God's kingdom. Jesus tells a story of a master who entrusted his servants with money (talents). Two servants doubled their talents through wise investments, while the third servant hid his in fear. The master rewarded the faithful servants and punished the one who did nothing. Jesus also speaks of future signs of His coming, warning about false messiahs, wars, and disasters. He assures His followers of His return with power and glory, urging them to stay watchful. Despite persecution, Jesus promises protection and encourages endurance for eternal life.

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A: Sunday November 15, 2026
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B: Sunday November 17, 2024
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C: Sunday November 16, 2025

Mass Readings for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

  • Sunday November 15, 2026
  • Sunday November 18, 2029
  • Sunday November 14, 2032

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  • First ReadingProverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31: A worthy wife is a priceless treasure, bringing goodness always. She works diligently, helps the needy, and her true value lies in her reverence for the LORD. Her deeds earn her praise.
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 128: Blessings await those who respect the LORD and follow His paths. Their work thrives, family flourishes like a fruitful vine and olive plants, and they enjoy lasting prosperity.
  • Second Reading1 Thessalonians 5:1-6: The day of the Lord will arrive unexpectedly like a thief at night. Despite sudden disasters, those who live in light, staying alert and sober, will not be overtaken.
  • GospelMatthew 25:14-30: Jesus tells a parable about a master who entrusts his servants with different amounts of money (talents) before going on a journey. Two of the servants invest and double their talents, while the third servant buries his out of fear. When the master returns, he rewards the faithful servants but punishes the one who did nothing with what was given. This parable teaches the importance of using our God-given abilities and resources wisely for His kingdom.

Mass Readings for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

  • Sunday November 17, 2024
  • Sunday November 14, 2027
  • Sunday November 17, 2030

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  • First ReadingDaniel 12:1-3: During a time of extreme distress, the Archangel Michael will arise. Many will awake from sleep, with the wise shining brightly and justice leaders likened to everlasting stars.
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 16: The Lord is my portion and provides stability. I am joyful and confident, knowing I won't be abandoned. The Lord guides me to life, overflowing joy, and eternal delight.
  • Second ReadingHebrews 10:11-14, 18: Priests repeatedly offer sacrifices, yet sins persist. But one offered a single, perfect sacrifice for all sins and sat beside God, bringing eternal perfection to the consecrated through forgiveness.
  • GospelMark 13:24-32: Jesus describes the future signs of His coming, stating that the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall. He assures His disciples that He will return with great power and glory. Jesus emphasizes that no one knows the exact time of His return, not even the angels, but only the Father. Therefore, His followers must be alert and watchful for His coming.

Mass Readings for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

  • Sunday November 16, 2025
  • Sunday November 19, 2028
  • Sunday November 16, 2031

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  • First Reading Malachi 3:19-20A: The imminent day will blaze, reducing the proud and wicked to ashes. However, for those respecting the LORD's name, the healing sun of justice will rise.
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 98: With instruments and joy, we praise the LORD. Let nature join in this jubilation. For the LORD arrives to govern the earth with fairness and justice for all peoples.
  • Second Reading2 Thessalonians 3:7-12: We set an example of hard work and self-reliance for you to follow. If one isn't willing to work, they shouldn't eat. We encourage everyone to work quietly and mind their own business.
  • GospelLuke 21:5-19: Jesus speaks of the temple's destruction and warns His disciples about false messiahs, wars, and natural disasters, which are signs of the end times. He assures them that they will face persecution but encourages them to stand firm, as their testimony will bear witness to Him. Jesus promises that not a hair on their heads will perish, and by their endurance, they will gain their lives.

More About Lectionary Cycles

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