Catholic Mass Readings
November 15 Thursday
32 WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
I have received much joy and encouragement by your love; you have set the hearts of God’s holy people at rest. Therefore, although in Christ I have no hesitations about telling you what your duty is, I am rather appealing to your love, being what I am, Paul, an old man, and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus. ! am appealing to you for a child of mine, whose father I became while wearing these chains: I mean Onesimus. He was of no use to you before, but now he is useful both to you and to me. I am sending him back to you — that is to say, sending you my own heart. I should have liked to keep him with me; he could have been a substitute for you, to help me while I am in the chains that the gospel has brought me. However, I did not want to do anything without your consent; it would have been forcing your act of kindness, which should be spontaneous.... So if you grant me any fellowship with yourself, welcome him as you would me; if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, put it down to my account. I am writing this in my own hand: I, Paul, shall pay it back — make no mention of a further debt, that you owe your very self to me! Well then, brother, lam counting on you, in the Lord; set my heart at rest, in Christ.
Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was to come, Jesus gave them this answer, ‘The coming of the kingdom of God does not admit of observation and there will be no one to say, “Look, it is here! Look, it is there!” For look, the kingdom of God is among you.’ He said to the disciples, ‘A time will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of man and will not see it. They will say to you, “Look, it is there!” or, “Look, it is here!” Make no move; do not set off in pursuit; for as the lightning flashing from one part of heaven lights up the other, so will be the Son of man when his Day comes. But first he is destined to suffer grievously and be rejected by this generation.’
Jesus spoke of the coming of God’s kingdom as both a present event and an event which will be manifested at the end of time. Jesus surprised the Jews of his time by announcing that God’s kingdom was already present among them in his very person—the Son of God sent by the Father to redeem the world from sin and destruction. Jesus promises to bring the kingdom of God to all who recognize in him the power and glory of the Father in heaven. How does the Lord Jesus make his presence and his kingdom known to us today? The Lord Jesus is present in his word, in the ‘breaking of the bread’ when we come to the table of the Lord in the Eucharist, and in his Church—the body of Christ. Jesus reveals himself in countless ways to those who seek him with eyes of faith. Do you seek the coming of God’s kingdom with joyful hope?