Sunday, 11 November 2018


SUNDAY- 33st  WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME –B
Gospel: Mk 13:24-32: He will gather his chosen from the four winds.
I Reading: Daniel 12:1-13: When that time comes, your own people will be spared.
II Reading: Hebrews 10:11-14. 18: By virtue of one single offering, he has achieved the eternal perfection of all whom he is sanctifying.
The Coming of the Son of Man, Mk 13:24-27
The greatest event yet to happen in the history of the world will be the return of Jesus Christ. The disciples wanted to know, “When will these things happen?” (Mk 13:4), and “What will be the sign of your coming?” (Mt 24:3). Jesus began to answer the second question about His returen in this passage.
1. He returns after the distress or tribulation (v.24)
2. Event 1: There will be astronomical happenings (v.24-25)
3. Event 2: There will be the return of the Son of Man in the clouds (v.26)
4. Event 3: There will be the gathering of the elect (v.27)
The End Time and Its Warning to Believers, Mk 13:28-37
Christ had just covered the signs of the end time and of His return. The truth is glorious but one thing is needful: people must turn their lives over to God or else they will be punished from the presence and glory of Christ forever. Jesus Christ gives six critical warnings to people.
1. The signs point to the end are discernable (v.28-29)
a. Even as a fig tree
b. Even as a cause has its effect
c. Even to the point of being immediate-right at hand
2. The events occur rapidly in one generation (v.30)
3. The events are a surety irrevocable (31)
4. The exact time is unknown-the day and hour (v.32)
5. The need is to be on guard: stay alert (v.33-36)
a. because time is unknown
b. because believers are assigned specific responsibilities and work
c. because Christ is returning unexpectedly –suddenly
d. because a believer can be caught sleeping
6. The warning is to all-watch (v.37)
Thought: Watch (gregoreo): to keep awake, to stay alert, to be watchful and sleepless, to be vigilant. It also to keep one’s attention (mind) upon a thing at all time.



SATURDAY- 32nd  WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME –B
Gospel: Luke 18:1-8: God will see justice done to his chosen who cry to him.
I Reading: Wisdom 18:14-16;19:6-9: The Red Sea became an unimpeded way, and they skipped like lamps.
The Parable of the Unjust Judge:
The Secret of Prayer-Persistence, Lk 18:1-8
The secret to prayer is persistence. This is the great lesson Jesus taught in this passage.
1. The great duty to persevere in prayer (v.1)
2. The Parable of persevering prayer (v.2-5)
a. The unjust judge
b. The poor widow: was all alone and persecuted
c. The silence of the judge: he was hard and harsh
d. The point: the judge honoured her request because she committed to come
3. The lesson on persevering prayer (v.6-7)
a. Hear this point
b. God avenges this elect who persevere in prayer
c. He waits and hears long with unbelievers: puts off justice for a while
d. God will quickly bring about justice
4. The great tragedy: in the last days few will persevere in prayer and faith (v.8)
Thought: A believer is allowed to suffer in order to be a dynamic witness to others and to become stronger and stronger in trusting and hoping in God (Rom 5:3-5). The presence and power of Jesus Christ is sufficient to help the believer stand faithfully.




FRIDAY- 32nd  WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME –B
Gospel: Luke 17:26-37: When the day comes for the Son of Man to be revealed.
I Reading: Wisdom 13:1-9 : If they are capable of investigating the world, how have they been so slow to find its Master?
The Coming Day of God’s Kingdom and Jesus’ Return, Lk 17:20-37
The religionists asked when the kingdom of God was going to come. The kingdom of God was the focus of Jesus’ preaching and conversation. The Messiah had come and the kingdom of God was to be ushered in.
1. The day will be as the days of Noah and Lot: Men will be occupied with normal, routline affairs (v.26-30)
a. The days of Noah
          1) normal affairs will be going on
          2) suddenly, unexpectedly, judgement will fall
b. The days of Lot
          1) normal affairs will be going on
          2) suddenly, unexpectedly, judgement will fall
c. The days of the Son of Man will be same: sudden, unexpected
2. The day will be a day of urgency for all men (v.31-33)
a. the urgency illust.
b. the doom of turning back illustrated
c. the one essential: total abandonment
3. The day will be a day of separation (v.34-35)
4. The day will be universal, worldwide (v. 37)
Thought: The kingdom of God refers to the Messianic kingdom which is internal and external also. People cannot control the kingdom of God.



THURSDAY- 32nd  WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME –B
Gospel: Luke 17:20-25: The kingdom of God is among you.
I Reading: Wisdom 7:22-8:1: Wisdom is a reflection of the eternal light, untarnished mirror of God’s power.
The Coming Day of God’s Kingdom and Jesus’ Return, Lk 17:20-37
The religionists asked when the kingdom of God was going to come. The kingdom of God was the focus of Jesus’ preaching and conversation. The Messiah had come and the kingdom of God was to be ushered in.
1. The coming of God’s kingdom (v.20-21)
a. it cannot be observed
b. it is within
2. The day will be longed for (v.22)
3. The day is unknown; it is coming suddenly and visibly (v.23-24)
4. The day cannot come until some things happen first (v.25)
5. The day will be as the days of Noah and Lot: Men will be occupied with normal, routine affairs (v.26-30)
a. The days of Noah
          1) normal affairs will be going on
          2) suddenly, unexpectedly, judgement will fall
b. The days of Lot
          1) normal affairs will be going on
          2) suddenly, unexpectedly, judgement will fall
c. The days of the Son of Man will be same: sudden, unexpected
6. The day will be a day of urgency for all men (v.31-33)
a. the urgency illust.
b. the doom of turning back illustrated
c. the one essential: total abandonment
7. The day will be a day of separation (v.34-35)
8. The day will be universal, worldwide (v. 37)
Thought: The kingdom of God refers to the Messianic kingdom which is internal and external also. People cannot control the kingdom of God.
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WEDNESDAY- 32nd  WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME –B
Gospel: Luke 17:11-19: No one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.
I Reading: Wisdom 6:1-11: Listen, kings that you may learn what wisdom is.
The Lesson on Need and Gratitude, Lk 17:11-19
This passage teaches two powerful lessons, one on how to have needs met and the other on gratitude.
1. Jesus went toward Jerusalem (v.11)
2. The lesson on need: Ten lepers were healed (v.12-14)
a. There were desperation
b. There was humility
c. There was a cry for mercy
d. There was perseverance
e. There was believing, being tested, obeying
3. The lesson on gratitude (v.15-19)
a. All were blessed
b. One gives thanks
          1) praised God
          2) worshipped Jesus
          3) was a Samaritan
c. Most did not give thanks
d. The one who was the most the most rejected was the most thankful
e. The thankful one shall be the one assured of salvation
Thought: Every person must recognize his/her uncleanness or unworthiness in approaching Jesus with humility.
               

TUESDAY- 32nd  WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME –B
Gospel: Luke 17:7-10: We are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty.
I Reading: Wisdom 2:23-3:9: In the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die, but they are in peace.
1. Obeying God is a duty, not a service (v.7-10)
a. The illust: A servant is a slave who serves his master
          1) to serve all day
          2) to serve all evening
          3) to serve until all others have retired
          4) to serve whether or not one is thanked or appreciated
b. The believer is to serve and obey until all of God’s commandments are done
c. The believer is to be humble in his service for the Lord
Thought: The servant serves his/her master; the believer is a servant and a servant is a slave who serves his/her Master (Rom 1:1). The believer is to serve and obey the commandments of God until all the works is done.



MONDAY- 32nd  WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME –B
Gospel: Luke 17:1-6: If your brother comes back to you seven times a day and say, “I am sorry”, you must forgive him. 
I Reading: Wisdom 1:1-7: Wisdom is a spirit, a friend to man. The Spirit of the Lord fills the whole world.
The Christian Disciple and Four Laws, Lk 17:1-10
There are four laws in this passage that could revolutionize society. They are to revolutionize the believer’s life. The believers are to “watch themselves” and to pay attention to the laws (v.3).
1. Law 1: Leading another to sin brings judgement (v.1-2)
a. sin is inevitable
b. leading others to sin is terrible
c. leading others to sin is condemned
2. Law 2: Forgiving others is essential (v.3-4)
a. if one sins, he is to be rebuked
b. if one repents, he is to be forgiven
c. how often: time after time
3. Law 3: Having faith is essential-one of most powerful forces in the world (v.5-6)
4. Law 4: Obeying God is a duty, not a service (v.7-10)
a. The illust: A servant is a slave who serves his master
          1) to serve all day
          2) to serve all evening
          3) to serve until all others have retired
          4) to serve whether or not one is thanked or appreciated
b. The believer is to serve and obey until all of God’s commandments are done
c. The believer is to be humble in his service for the Lord
Thought: Sin enters the world, even home and the Church or any temple or worship place. No place ever escapes sin, for no person is perfect. No person is without sin except Jesus Christ. The believers are to correct those who sin against them and do them wrong.