Vol: 43, No.59 33RD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) November 13 2016  
The Lord said: I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction. You will call upon me, and I will answer you, and I will lead back your captives from every place. (Jer 29:11, 12, 14)

The climbing of a high mountain such as Everest is a task that has many dangers. Lack of oxygen at high altitude, extremely cold climate, storms and avalanches are some of the dangers. Even if a person succeeds in getting acclimatized to these situations and reach the mountain top, descending from the mountain is another problem and many lives have been lost while descending. And yet mountain enthusiasts from all over the world never stop attempting to climb the coveted mountain peak. Reaching Jerusalem Jesus warns his disciples about the hardships that lie ahead of them in following him. He speaks about wars, tumults, famines, pestilences, earthquakes and persecution. Christians have experienced all these in these twenty centuries and yet have remained enthusiastic about their vocation. Endurance is the key to be a follower of Christ. Am I willing to endure the hardships that come on my way? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my
most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, the constant gladness of being devoted to you, for it is full and lasting happiness to serve with constancy the author of all that is good. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(Taking stock of the injustices committed by the mighty and the powerful against the poor, Malachi promises a future “Day of the Lord”. It will be a day when God will spare the faithful ones who serve him and show them compassion).
A reading from the Book of Malachi

Behold, the day comes, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (97)
Response: The Lord comes to rule the peoples with fairness.
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