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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
This week's readings **
For, behold, the day is coming, it burneth as a furnace; and all the proud, and all that work wickedness will be stubble; and the day that is coming will burn them up, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the Lord of host.
But unto you that fear my name, there will arise the sun of righteousness
with healing in its wings; and ye shall go forth.
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
For you know how you are to imitate us; for we did not act in a disorderly
way among you; neither did we eat bread at anyone's table without paying
for it, but in labor and drudgery, working night and day, that we might
not burden any of you. Not because we have not the right. But
rather, to make ourselves an example to you, that you might imitate us.
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, "If any will not
work, neither let him eat." For we hear of some that walk among you
in a disorderly way, that work not at all, but are busybodies. They
that are such we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that they
work quietly and eat their own bread.
As some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and offerings, Jesus said, "As for these things which you see here, the days will come, in which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
And they asked him, saying, "Teacher, when will these things come to be? And what will be the sign when these things are about to come to pass?"
And he said, "Take heed that you are not led astray, for many will
come in my name, saying, 'I am he' and 'The time is at hand.' Do
not follow after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, be
not terrified; for these things must come to pass first; but it will not
immediately be the end." Then he said unto them, "Nation will rise
against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be great earthquakes,
and in diverse places famines and pestilences; and there shall be terrors
and great signs from heaven. But before all these things happen,
they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to
the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for
my name's sake. It will lead to your giving testimony. Settle
it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate beforehand how to answer,
for I will give you wisdom in speaking, which all your adversaries will
not be able to withstand or to refute. You will even be handed over
by parents, and brethen, and kinsfolk, and friends; and some of you will
be put to death. You will be hated by all for my name's sake, but
not a hair of your head will perish. In your perseverancae you will
win your souls.
* A longtime national and international activist in the peace movement, Bishop Gumbleton is a founding member of Pax Christi USA and an outspoken critic of the sanctions againsst Iraq.
has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, and has published
numerous articles and reports.
** Scripture texts in this work are in modified form from the American Standard Version of the Bible and are available as part of the public domain.
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