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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—November 17, 2019 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—November 17, 2019 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Luke 21:5–19

Jews connected the very spirit of their faith to the Temple with its incense-filled, prayerful inner courts and its shaded outer courts where people met and talked. They celebrated their holy days at the Temple; it was the center of their faith community. But Jesus’ assessment of the times in this Sunday’s Gospel proved accurate. The Jews’ rebellion against Roman occupation that began in A.D. 66 ended in the destruction of the Temple by the Roman forces in A.D. 70.

When Jesus predicts the destruction of the Temple to his disciples in Sunday’s Gospel, they are shocked. Jesus both scares and assures his listeners, past and present. He explains that wars, disasters, and persecutions will continue in the world. He assures us that we can endure these and other troubles that occur in our lives. He promises to put words in our mouths so no one can put us down. He promises to be with us always.

See The Gospel at Home (English and Spanish) for suggested family activities and discussion starters related to this Sunday’s Gospel.


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2 Responses to “SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—November 17, 2019 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time”

  • Ina Alvarado / Reply

    Good day, Team. This is my first year using PGW and sacrament preparation for my program in Elementary School. We are still adjusting to the process. I was wondering if the reflection for the Gospel can be posted one week in advance. I always send a newsletter to my catechists on Fridays for them to prepare the class for the next Sunday. Our classes are during the week. Thank you. God bless!

    • Joan McKamey / Reply

      The Gospel Weeklies are so flexible that parishes and schools use them in different ways and on different schedules. Check Planning Ahead in the weekly newsletter for the following week’s Sunday Gospel reflection and blog posts. I hope you’re enjoying your first year with the Gospel Weeklies!

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