Bible Study


Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time C Lectionary: 159

Reading 1 - MAL 3:19-20

Lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the LORD of hosts. But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.

Responsorial Psalm -PS 98:5-6, 7-8, 9

R. (cf. 9) The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice. Sing praise to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and melodious song. With trumpets and the sound of the horn sing joyfully before the King, the LORD. R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice. Let the sea and what fills it resound, the world and those who dwell in it; let the rivers clap their hands, the mountains shout with them for joy. R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice. Before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to rule the earth, He will rule the world with justice and the peoples with equity. R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

Reading 2 - 2 THES 3:7-12

Brothers and sisters: You know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you. Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us. In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food.

Gospel - LK 21:5-19

While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, "All that you see here-- the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down." Then they asked him, "Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?" He answered, "See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he,’ and 'The time has come.’ Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky. "Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives."


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Note: These questions are for reflection and discussion, if you choose. Please understand that the homily may not address any of these questions directly. God speaks to hearts that are prepared.

1.The first reading talks of a day of judgment. What is going to happen to all the proud and all evildoers? Who would that be? Could it be me?

2.What does the word But indicate in this first reading for those who fear my name? Do you fear the Lord’s name? What do you think is meant by the sun of justice with its healing rays?

3.The Psalm declares the Lord comes to rule the earth with justice. Has this happened? Is it happening? Will it one day happen? Do you pray for it to happen?

4.Is the world currently ruled with justice? Can you describe some things that would be different if the whole earth were ruled with justice?

5.Paul describes in the second reading how he worked when he was with the Thessalonian believers? He says why he did this. What is the reason? Was this an example of justice?

6.Paul said that he gave the rule if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. Is this an example of justice? Do you think this would be a good policy for a government to follow?

7.There were two questions asked in the Gospel.  What were they?  Did Jesus answer the first question?  The second?  Did He offer addition information beyond the two questions?

8.Make an outline of Jesus’ answer to the questions asked of Him.  What are the main points?  What would the destruction of the Temple indicate about the Covenant of Moses, since the altar in the Temple was the only place where sacrifices could be offered? (see Deut 29:17-28) How would you feel if you had heard Jesus say these things?  What would you have done?

9.Is Jesus talking only about the destruction of the Temple within their lifetimes or about the end of the world… or both?  How should we respond to these words?

10.What has God spoken to you, and what do you intend to do about it?

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