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33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
Novemeber 15, 2015

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

End-Time: House- keeping

What comes through loud and clear—to the four on the Mount of Olives and to the readers of Mark (then and now)—is this: false messiahs, wars, persecutions, earthquakes and famine's notwithstanding, followers of Jesus will be supported by the Holy Spirit.


The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, SJ

The End Times

Our summer over, the harvest upon us, God is near now, at the door. We envisage Mark’s portrayal of the end times to be about the end of the world, the trials, the omens, the shaking of the heavens, the Son of Man coming in clouds with power and glory upon the winds.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Planning For The End

Westerners love to plan for the future. ... Like the disciples, they too would like to know and try to calculate when “the end” will happen.


from the
Early Church

Gregory Palamas

After the harvesting [the angels] sort out the good and separate them from the wicked like wheat from darnel. The good they send on to the kingdom of heaven, but the wicked they throw into hell fire.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Mark’s portrait of the Son of man is more precise than that in Daniel. In Daniel he appears as a symbol and personification of the people of God at the End, whereas in Mark he is an individual figure who performs the eschatological judgment.