Mass Readings for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
- First Reading – Malachi 3:19-20A: “Lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the LORD of hosts.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 98: “The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.”
- Second Reading – 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12: “You know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, nor did we eat food received free from anyone.”
- Gospel – Luke 21:5-19: “All that you see here – the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”
Themes for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
The readings for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C make us think about the end of the world. In the first reading we are told that the day of the Lord is coming. The psalm assures us that “The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.” In the second reading Paul asks that we diligently work for the good of all. In the gospel Jesus speaks about the end times and perseverance.
- The end times
- Being spiritually ready
Resources for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
We don’t need to be scared. We need to be prepared.
Homilies and Reflections for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
From Bishop Robert Barron. Our Gospel for this Sunday opens with Jesus’ disciples admiring the splendor of the Temple, the most beautiful, important, and impressive building they had ever seen. And Jesus, as is his wont, pulls the rug out from under them: “Not one stone of this temple will be left upon another, but it will all be torn down!”
Also from Bishop Barron. All things pass away. Political and religious institutions, the family, bodily health; nothing lasts. Everything dies. So often we seek our fulfillment and salvation in these things. But Christ is telling us not to.
From Scott Hahn. It is the age between our Lord’s first coming and His last. We live in the new world begun by His life, death, Resurrection, and Ascension, by the sending of His Spirit upon the Church. But we await the day when He will come again in glory.
Jeff Cavins discusses how this Sunday’s readings allude to many different kinds of endings and beginnings, as we prepare our souls for the end of Ordinary Time and the beginning of Advent.
Death, judgment, heaven, and hell—the four last things—are popular enough topics among Christians discussing the end times; but there’s more to these things than just our own personal end. Fr. Mike Schmitz’s perspective on this reality is both fascinating and humbling.
More Thoughts for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Jesus tells us that the end is coming. And when it does, we will be judged. There are some criteria for this judgement in the gospels. Did I treat others with compassion, especially those who are suffering or on the margins? Did I spread the Good News?
The gospel calls us to give testimony. And this will not be easy, and will bring trials and suffering from worldly powers. In fact. we don’t need to wait for the end times to experience this. Even today, being a disciple of Jesus Christ is often met with scorn and ridicule.
So while none of us wants to suffer, and we certainly shouldn’t seek out persecution, we will experience pain in our lives. And some of this pain will be a result of living our faith. But this is our mission as Christians. But Jesus assures us that we will be saved, so we take hope in that.
Reflection Questions for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
- How am I testifying to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
- Have I ever suffered as a result of being a Christian?
- How has God rescued me when I have been in distress?
Quotes and Social Media Graphics for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.