Holy Grace will Prevail

Reflection for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN board member Sr. Marge Wissman, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our November 11th newsletter

The passages from the readings this Sunday have been described as the twin forces of holy terror and holy grace that are in a full-on scrimmage, competing for the souls of those hearing this messianic prediction. In the first reading, Malachi gives a doomsday message that the wicked will be purified as in thrown into a blazing fire. Their pride and arrogance will be reduced to ashes. But on the other hand, for those who serve God, there will be a different kind of heat. They will experience something like healing rays from the sun – lifting the human spirit and bringing everything to life.

In the second reading, Paul speaks to the Thessalonians of his concern not to be a burden or to be pampered, but instead work for the things they offer him. Paul has an expectation that his followers will follow his example and serve others in the community.

In the Gospel, the community is questioning if they are near the end of time. Jesus tells them that they should not be deceived by those claiming to know the day and hour as well as the event that will bring the final end to a climax. Yes we will have serious conflicts and natural disasters but they are not pointing to the end of time. Jesus tells us that we need to be confident and faithful through all tribulations because anyone who follows Jesus will continue to be objects of persecution by many. We are told not to worry at this time because he will give us the wisdom and strength that we need. What we suffer will all be a signal to the coming of the end of time. For now it is not the end of time, but one day at a time.

Thus as we walk this “journey into God”, we may always be juggling holy terror and holy grace but by walking with Jesus, and Jesus walking with us, holy grace will always prevail.

Sr. Marge Wissman, OSF
FAN Board Member

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