First Reading: Daniel 12: 1-3
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 16: 5, 8-11
Second Reading: Hebrews 10: 11-14, 18
Gospel: Mark 13: 24-32
This Sunday’s readings from the prophet Daniel and the Gospel of Mark speak of the end times which can strike fear in our hearts and then we hope we are among the elect. However the verses from Psalm 16 comprise the prayer of the person who trusts in God because s/he has put God first in her/his life. This person is confident that God will bless her/his life. The letter to the Hebrews reminds us Jesus is in heaven advocating for us. As God says in the Entrance Antiphon for today: “I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction. You will call upon me and I will answer you.” Jer. 29:11-12. We need not fear the end times. God loves us and is with us at all times.
God, we know you are merciful and loving. We thank you for being near to us and keeping us safe. We rejoice knowing you will not abandon us but lead us into your presence singing for joy. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Dianne Kaimann, OSF