Breaking Open the Word
By James Cavanagh
Nov. 14: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Malachi was associated with the temple and lived in Jerusalem around 500-450 B.C. following the Babylonian Captivity. He was primarily concerned with restoring the priesthood and temple worship, the sanctity of marriage and justice for the powerless and the poor. When the Lord comes, he “will rule the world with justice and the peoples with equity” (Ps 98:9).
In this week’s second reading, the apostle Paul reminds us of the importance of work. Some members of the Church in Thessalonica believed that the “day of the Lord” was imminent and so work was pointless. As a result, they stopped working and lived off the toil of others. Worse yet, they were busybodies, upsetting the peace and stability of the Church. Paul urges them to mind their own business and “work quietly.”
In the Gospel reading, Jesus warns the disciples about the crisis that’s about happen. The days will come,” he says “when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.” Persecutions would test the faith of the disciples, but not ‘a hair on their heads would be destroyed.’ Jesus’ prediction of Jerusalem’s destruction came to pass in A.D. 70 when Rome crushed a rebellion.
“Catechism of the Catholic Church”:
Pope Benedict XVI:
James Cavanagh is director of Evangelization and Catechesis for Metro-Area Parishes of the Denver Archdiocese. For information on subscribing to "Breaking Open the Word, click here. For archives click here.