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Transcript of 33rd Sunday C

  • Welcome to our Bible Study33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time CNovember 14, 2010In preparation for this Sundays liturgyIn aid of focusing our homilies and sharingPrepared by Fr. Cielo R. Almazan, OFM

  • 1st reading: Malachi 3,19-2019 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. 20 But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.

  • 1st reading: Malachi 3,19-2019 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. 20 But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.The focus is on the coming day of the Lord.

  • 1st reading: Malachi 3,19-2019 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. 20 But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.CommentaryThe book of Malachi is the last prophetic book of the Hebrew Bible.It was written after the Exile.V.19 talks about the coming of the Lord. It is described as a very hot day (blazing like an oven).It eliminates all the proud and evildoers.It sets them on fire, leaving them no root or branch. They are totally eliminated.V. 20 talks about the future of those who fear God: The sun of justice will arise;They will be healed with its rays.

  • Reflection on the 1st readingWe are about to end the liturgical year C and the readings are about the end of the world, which is associated with the coming of the Messiah.Terrible is the day of the Lord for evildoers.Consoling is the day of the Lord for those who fear God.God will come to judge. No one will be spared.God will reward the just and punish the wicked.Are you just or an evildoer?If you have been a crook, reform now.

  • Resp. Ps 98:5-6, 7-8, 9R. (cf. 9) The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice. 5 Sing praise to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and melodious song. 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn sing joyfully before the King, the LORD. 7 Let the sea and what fills it resound, the world and those who dwell in it; 8 let the rivers clap their hands, the mountains shout with them for joy. 9 Before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to rule the earth, He will rule the world with justice and the peoples with equity.

  • Resp. Ps 98:5-6, 7-8, 9R. (cf. 9) The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice. 5 Sing praise to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and melodious song. 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn sing joyfully before the King, the LORD. 7 Let the sea and what fills it resound, the world and those who dwell in it; 8 let the rivers clap their hands, the mountains shout with them for joy. 9 Before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to rule the earth, He will rule the world with justice and the peoples with equity.CommentaryVv.5-6 exhort us to sing praise to the Lord with musical instruments (harp, trumpets and horn).Our singing must be joyful.Vv.7-8 also exhort all creation, not only human beings, to praise God.V.9 gives the reason for praising God.God is coming to rule us with justice and equity.

  • Reflections on the PsalmGods coming must trigger rejoicing for the righteous.As we await the day, we must sing joyfully with musical instruments.As Christians, we do this best in our liturgies.We anticipate Gods vindication.When he comes, he will make us right and our enemies wrong.

  • 2nd reading: 2 Thess 3,7-127 For you know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, 8 nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you. 9 Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us. 10 In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. 11 We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. 12 Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food.

  • 2nd reading: 2 Thess 3,7-127 You know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, 8 nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you. 9 Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us. 10 In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. 11 We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. 12 Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food. The focus is on imitation of Paul (work with hands).

  • 2nd reading: 2 Thess 3,7-12Need to imitate Paul7 You know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, 8 nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you. 9 Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us. 10 In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. Pauls observations 11 We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. Instruction of Paul12 Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food. A simple outline!

  • 2nd reading: 2 Thess 3,7-12Need to imitate Paul7 You know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, 8 nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you. 9 Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us. 10 In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. Pauls observations 11 We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. Instruction of Paul12 Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food. CommentaryThe context of the reading is the imminent coming of the Lord.The Thessalonians believe that Jesus is coming soon and they find it impractical to start to work (in the field) or to continue working.But since his coming is delayed, not as soon as expected, those who do not have resources rely on the efforts of others and live like parasites.Here Paul, putting modesty aside, is in a way self-conceited. He says imitate us. We are a model to you.Paul has all the right to demand to be imitated, invoking his efforts when he was with them.He was not a visitor, not a burden. He took care of his own needs. Vv.7-9V.10 recalls a past instruction not to allow anyone to eat if he/she does not work with his hands.Strong words! (parang bastos)

  • 2nd reading: 2 Thess 3,7-12Need to imitate Paul7 You know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, 8 nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you. 9 Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us. 10 In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. Pauls observations 11 We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. Instruction of Paul12 Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food. In v.11, Paul concretizes the problem of the community:Some are (not all):conducting in a disorderly way (nagkakalat)Not keeping busy (tamad)But minding others business (nakikialam, miron), fouling up, messing up, distractingIn v.12, Paul focuses on these few troublemakers. He enjoins them now to work and to earn their own bread.

  • Reflections on the 2nd readingWe, who are still energetic, have no excuse for not working.The reading is clearly against parasitism (too dependent on others).He reminds the lazy ones to change their ways.There is truth in the old saying, Idleness is the workshop of the devil.Some people are troublemakers because they have nothing else to do.But if they are given a task, if they find a job, they become more serious in life, they focus on how to be productive with their money, time and resources, they stop destructive criticisms, fault-findings and making unnecessary remarks.If Jesus comes again, will he find you working?

  • Gospel reading: Luke 21,5-195 While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, he said, 6 "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." 7 Then they asked him, "Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will t