Vol: 45, No.59 33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( B) November 18 2018  
The Lord said: I think thoughts of peace and not 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)
Towards the end of the liturgical year the liturgy of the Word focuses on the eschatological realities, the main thrust being the second coming of Christ. The first coming of Jesus set in motion a new phase in the God-human relationship. The driving force in Jesus’ preaching was the kingdom of God. Though Jesus has accomplished his mission through his passion, death, resurrection and ascension, the history of salvation is heading towards the second coming of Christ. But the day and the hour is known to none, not even to the Son but only to the Father. We have come a long way since the saving events begun in Palestine. A great company of believers have lived their lives and are now living in the presence of God. What are we doing to reach the company of saints? (Pause)

I Confess to almighty God...
Glory to God...

Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, the constant gladness or 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.
(This passage affirms that despite the terrible sufferings the elect of God, whose names are found written in the book of life, will be saved).
A reading from the Book of Daniel

At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (16)
Response: Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.
O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup; it is you yourself who are my prize. I keep the Lord ever in my sight: since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm. R./
And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad; even my body shall rest in safety.
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