Saturday, December 8, 2007

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Destruction of The Temple  circa 1830-40, Artist: Samuel Colman

Reading 1

Malachi 3:19-20a


Lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven,

when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble,

and the day that is coming will set them on fire,

leaving them neither root nor branch,

says the LORD of hosts.

But for you who fear my name, there will arise

the sun of justice with its healing rays.


Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 98:5-6, 7-8, 9


R. (cf. 9) The Lord comes to rule the earthwith justice.

Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,

with the harp and melodious song.

With trumpets and the sound of the horn

sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.

R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

Let the sea and what fills it resound,

the world and those who dwell in it;

let the rivers clap their hands,

the mountains shout with them for joy.

R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.

Before the LORD, for he comes,

for he comes to rule the earth,

He will rule the world with justice

and the peoples with equity.

R. The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.




Reading II

2 Thessalonians 3:7-12


Brothers and sisters:

You know how one must imitate us.

For we did not act in a disorderly way among you,

nor did we eat food received free from anyone.

On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day

we worked, so as not to burden any of you.

Not that we do not have the right.

Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you,

so that you might imitate us.

In fact, when we were with you,

we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work,

neither should that one eat.

We hear that some are conductingthemselves among you in a

disorderly way,

by not keeping busy but minding the business of others.

Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly

and to eat their own food.



Luke 21:5-19


While some people were speaking about

how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings,

Jesus said, "All that you see here--

the days will come when there will not be left

a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down."


Then they asked him,

"Teacher, when will this happen?

And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?"

He answered,

"See that you not be deceived,

for many will come in my name, saying,

'I am he,’ and 'The time has come.’

Do not follow them!

When you hear of wars and insurrections,

do not be terrified; for such things must happen first,

but it will not immediately be the end."

Then he said to them,

"Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues

from place to place;

and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.


"Before all this happens, however,

they will seize and persecute you,

they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,

and they will have you led before kings and governors

because of my name.

It will lead to your giving testimony.

Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,

for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking

that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.

You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends,

and they will put some of you to death.

You will be hated by all because of my name,

but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.

By your perseverance you will secure your lives."


New American Bible

Thirtieth-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Psalm: Sunday 40

November 18, 2007


Featured Artwork of the Week


  • The Destruction of The Temple  circa 1830-40, Artist: Samuel Colman1
  • If Any Would Not Work, Neither Should He Eat, Artist: Charles Joseph Staniland

1Samuel Colman (b Sept 1780; d London, 21 Jan 1845). -  A little known Bristol millenarian painter until the 1960s when a number of his works were recognized and correctly attributed by comparing them with one or two signed canvases. First recorded in Somerset in 1813 when he married a Yeovil woman, Colman lived in Bristol between 1816 and 1838, working as a portrait painter and drawing-master. His work developed under the influence of Edward Bird and younger members of the Bristol School, particularly Francis Danby. In addition to The Destruction of the Temple  the following a list of other good work by Samuel Colman, The Coming of the Messiah and the Destruction of Babylon,St James's Fair, Bristol and David Dancing Before the Ark of the Covenant.


 2Charles Joseph Staniland (British, 1838-1916) - The painter and illustrator C.J. Staniland was born at Kingston-upon-Hull. He did his studies at the Birmingham School of Art, Heatherley’s, South Kensington, and the RA School of Art. Staniland is famous for his Marine illustrations. Staniland was much admired by Vincent van Gogh in his English years. Other works Emigrant Ship (1913), "Liverpool to Canada, Emigrants in 1884" , 1884,  At the Back of the Church, 1876, The Dutch envoys offering the crown of Poland to Henry III of France, and Pluck.


Enhancement by Evelyn F. Altheimer-Fain



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