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Sunday, November 17, 1996

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33rd Sunday Ordinary Time

Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Psalm 128
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Matthew 25:14-30

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"the day of the lord"

"You know very well that the day of the Lord is coming like a thief in the night." —1 Thessalonians 5:2

The last day of all days after which there will be no more time is called the day of the Lord. This day is the day of ruin (1 Thes 5:3). "On that day the heavens will vanish with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire" (2 Pt 3:10). The day of the Lord is also the day of Christ's return. "The Lord Himself will come down from heaven at the word of command, at the sound of the archangel's voice and God's trumpet; and those who have died in Christ will rise first. Then we, the living, the survivors, will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air" (1 Thes 4:16-17). Therefore, the day of the Lord is also the day of resurrection for those who have died in Christ and of the assumption into the air for those Christians still living. Finally, the day of the Lord will be the day of judgment (see Mt 25:31ff) and the day of eternal salvation (Heb 9:28) or everlasting damnation (see Mt 25:46).

Although the day of the Lord is the day of ruin, return, resurrection, assumption, judgment, salvation, and damnation, it is primarily the day of the Lord. The Lord Jesus should be the Focus of the last day, today, and all our days. If we have totally given our lives to the Lord, we won't have to fear the last day. We can cry out: "Maranatha!" "Come, Lord Jesus!" (Rv 22:20)

Prayer:  Jesus, may I confess with my lips that You are Lord and believe in my heart that You are risen from the dead (Rm 10:9).

Promise:  "Well done! You are an industrious and reliable servant. Since you were dependable in a small matter I will put you in charge of larger affairs. Come, share your Master's joy!" —Mt 25:21

Praise:  Alleluia! The stone is rolled away. His tomb is empty. Jesus has risen! He is Lord and God! (Jn 20:28)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, April 2, 1996

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 3, 1996