Our Eternal Perfection In Christ
Readings: 1st: Dan 12, 1-3; Ps 15; 2nd: Heb 10, 11-14.18; Gos Mk 3, 24-32
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working at the Sanctuario del Espiritu Santo, en Dorado, Puerto Rico, del Internacional Grupo Espiritano De Puerto Rico – Republica Dominicana. For more details and comments contact him on: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The readings of this thirty third Sunday of ordinary time are all set in a prophetic tone. In order words, they point to the future deliverance of the people of God. This is the way the Holy mother church wishes to remind us that we are just a couple of days away from the end of this liturgical year B. They also remind us of the graceful and glorious seasons of Advent and Christmas that are ahead of us. Most importantly, this Sunday the holy mother church raises our hope of salvation. Hence, she reminds us of our future and eternal perfection to be made possible by Christ’s single and sanctifying offering.
The divine figure to protect the dignity of God’s people in our first reading this Sunday is Archangel Michael, the great prince who mounts guard over the people of God. Here there are two points to note. The first is the very important role of Archangel Michael. However, it must not to be confused with that of Christ as the saviour. Instead, his role is that of a faithful servant who Guards the people of God. Another point is that, we are told that “all those whose names are found written in the book will be spared.” In other words, they are the ones marked for eternal perfection by the coming and offering of Christ the eternal high priest. This means that there is still chance for all who wish to be in this group to do so.
Our second reading from the letters to the Hebrews highlights the efficacy of the offering of Christ for our salvation. It is an offering which marks all believers with a bold sign or mark of “forgiven, acquitted, and sealed for salvation.” As the fulfillment of the old covenant, Christ the new covenant and high priest, has offered this sacrifice once and for all. So all we need to do is approach the throne of his mercy always and draw strength from him whose sacrifice purifies perfects and saves.
In today’s gospel, Jesus employs different natural causes in order to remind us of the need to be on the guard for his great coming. The mood of Jesus’ message moves from the prophecies of the great tribulation and trials to the prophecies of the coming of the son of man and his angels to gather his elect. The climax of the speech lies in the fact that no one knows when this deliverance will happen. However, the overall impact of Jesus’ message is to remind us of the fact that he is a prophet and at the same time our saviour.
Finally by saying that chaos will precede his coming is simple to say that nothing will be able to stop what God has destined to happen. Its primary purpose is to set all the tragedies of life, warfare, destruction and persecution in the context of the establishment of God’s kingdom. However after all, the time of peace will return to the children of God whose names are found written in the book. Also, by saying that: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my word will not pass away unfulfilled,” Jesus wishes to remind us that his coming and our salvation is sure. So, He invites us to be prepared for new kingdom that God will establish.
Peace be with you!