Reflection: Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Monday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church

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[1st Reading – Dan.12:1-3; Ps.15; 2nd Reading – Heb.10:11-14,18; Gospel – Mk.13:24-32]

“… BUT THE FATHER”

It seems it is in the human being to be curious about the future. Some do whatever possible to know, so that, according to what they say, they can be prepared for what is to come.

Jesus too talks about the future. He is talking about the signs of the presence of the Lord and what will happen at the end of the world. He mentions a “time of distress” with its apocalyptic signs announcing the coming of the Son of Man who will send his angels to gather the chosen ones. He also talks in parables and mentions the fig tree. He says that through the fig tree one can read the signs of time and understand that the summer is near. Analogically, through other signs one should also understand the time of the coming of the Lord. But as for when this will take place, it is something known only to the Father.

Interesting it is that Jesus seems to put together the facts that everything will pass away while his word remains forever, and the fact that only the Father has the knowledge of the exact time of the coming of the Son of Man. It is true that Jesus speak about the power of his word… and it is also true that the Father knows everything… but why is it that Jesus puts these two together as if they are part of one and the same thing? Again, it is true that Jesus is the word of God and this word was sent by the Father Himself…

It seems that, once again, Jesus is trying to tell us that whatever happens is according to the knowledge and the will of the Father, even the coming of the Son of Man in the clouds with great power and glory. It is He, the Father, who has the final word. Thus, those who would like to know something should turn to the Father and ask Him. In this way one will have the opportunity to create a relationship with Him. No longer with Jesus, the one who became man and was one of us, but directly with the Father, whom we know because Jesus revealed Him to us. Hence we know the Father because we know Jesus. Therefore our relationship with Jesus becomes also open to the Father. All this is so not only because the Father knows everything and He is ready to share His knowledge with those who will open up or who have opened up to His presence in their life. But it is also thus because our knowledge of and our oneness with Jesus will be so great that it will overflow into the knowledge of the Father.

We are therefore urged to ask ourselves some questions:

  1. Do I know Jesus? Do I know Him enough to get to know the Father through Him?

  2. Do I have a relationship with the Father, which gives me the confidence to ask Him whatever my curiosities might be?

  3. Do I form part of the chosen ones, i.e. am I open to the Father’s will?

“Lord, sometimes it is difficult to create a relationship with You, even though you became one of us. Imagine the difficulty of creating a relationship with the Father who we can accept as a Father because we know what a Father is. But we do not know Him enough to create a relationship with Him. Yet, You said Lord that if we know You, we also come to know the Father. Give us the wisdom that we need to recognise the Father in our Life. Thank You Lord!”

 

Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo http://www.stpatrickwaterloo.org.uk/ )

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