• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Friday, 16 November 2018 18:36

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B - 2018

Written by Fr Elmer Ibarra SVD

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr Elmer Ibarra 150 BestThe end of the world!!! Various people have anticipated it, various people have tried to predict when it will happen and so far we’re still around to tell the story. 

Throughout the centuries, we have been fed stories of doom and gloom of catastrophic events that will happen here on earth before the end of time. We even had movies about the earth being hit with a comet that would wipe out all life on earth as we know it. There’s also a movie about the earth being rocked with a massive earthquake followed by a roaring tsunami wiping out most of the human beings in its wake. Of course, we would not rule out the possibility of those things happening and, if ever, we would not know when this would be happening. 

In the gospel for today, Jesus is predicting the coming back of the “Son of Man” in his glory. He also accompanies that coming with extraordinary celestial events and even made allusions that it will happen during the lifetime of those who heard him say those things but he definitely stopped saying the exact time it would happen. 

During the time of Christ, there’s a big anticipation of the coming of the Messiah. And there were even predictions that his arrival will be accompanied with celestial signs. Do you remember about the star that the wise men from the East had followed? At that time, Israel was under the occupation of the Roman Empire and there’s anticipation among the Jews that the Messiah would come, build an army to fight the Roman Empire and restore the throne of David that would last forever. Of course, we all know that Jesus had a totally different idea from what the Jews were thinking.  

I think you know of this story when St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits was asked by a novice what he’ll do if an angel tells him that the world will end in fifteen minutes. St Ignatius threw the question back to the novice who said that he’d grab a priest and he’ll make a quick confession and go to the chapel and pray until the end comes. Then St Ignatius answered, “See what I am doing?” the novice answered, “You’re playing football.” The founder replied, “I’m going to continue to do what I’m doing until the Lord comes.” The moral of the lesson is that one should be prepared for we don’t know when the end will come.  

We would never really know when the end would come. Even the signs that Jesus presented are really like he was saying that “tongue in cheek”. We can say that the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light. We know that during an eclipse the sun is darkened. We know that during the eclipse and during the new moon the moon doesn’t give its light. It is during a meteor shower that it looks like the stars are falling from the sky. However, we all know that it has happened before and it will happen again but that did not result of the coming of the end as we know it. But if we think that it will never happen, we are horribly wrong. Because our faith tells us that we know Jesus will come again. In the old missal, one of the most popular acclamation of faith is “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.” And this is our prayer especially as we are nearing the season of Advent. 

As we continue our reflection on the “end times” as we approach Advent, let us look at ourselves and see if we are prepared for the end times. Even though most probably this event will not happen during our lifetime, we all know that at the end of our lives, we will see face to face our Creator. Hopefully, when that time comes, instead of fear, we should be joyful and rejoice in the fact that our salvation has finally arrived. 

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