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Vol: 46, No.59 33RD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) November 17 2019  
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)
When Jesus reached Jerusalem, the disciples were enthralled to see the beautiful edifice adorned with noble stones. The Temple was built with white marbles which enhanced its beauty. They could not imagine that the Temple would be destroyed in 70 A.D. But Jesus foresaw it. The Romans destroyed the Temple with brute force thereby fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus that there will not be left there one stone upon another that will not be thrown down. Hence the first part of Jesus’ prophecy is fulfilled and we are waiting in expectation of the second part of his prophecy which is about his own second coming for which no time frame is given. The world will come to an end when God decides to bring an end the present age just as he decided to begin it by sending his only Son. Our responsibility is to wait in expectation for the coming of the Lord so that he may find us ready. Are we living our lives in such a manner that the Lord is happy with us? Are we really ready to meet him? (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.
(Malachi says that when the Day of the Lord comes the wicked and the evildoers will be burned in the oven, but the sun of justice shall rise on those who fear the Lord).
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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