Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 14, 2010
Luke 21: 5-19
During these final weeks of the Church’s Liturgical Year, the selected Scripture Lessons remind us of the passing and transitory nature of creation and all that is in it.
In the passage of Saint Luke that was just read, the Apostles had been admiring the grandeur of the Temple. But Jesus reminds then that all of the gleaming splendor which they are now seeing, will all be destroyed and, in Christ’s own words: “…there will not be left a stone upon a stone.” This prophecy was to be fulfilled in the year 70 A.D. when the Roman Emperor Titus marched on Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple.
This historical event, coupled with these November days when we are witnessing the change of seasons, all prompt us to consider carefully the fragile nature of all created matter.
For many people today, things and possessions have replaced persons in importance so that these same persons have come to believe that “having” is more importing than “being;” possessions for such persons equal security.
But, as Sacred Scripture reminds us, this widely-held belief is a deception. One day, known to God above, all these “things” will be no more.
Those persons whom God has placed around us are more important than any object we might have or possess.
May we always value other persons highly and place them above our possessions and may we thank God for their love, their help and their friendship.