SIGNS OF THE END
Before the signs that mark the end (indeed, as a sign that marked the end), Christians would be persecuted in general (i.e., throughout the known world). For their belief in Jesus’ name, Christians would be arrested and tried in court. This test of faith was also an opportunity to witness to the court officials and to the public at large. A general persecution would thus become a massive evangelization campaign. [21:12-13]
How do Christians prepare for coming problems? They don’t, according to Jesus. The Lord himself will provide the eloquence and the wisdom in speech that cannot be contradicted or overcome. [21:14-15] The only response one can make to coming troubles is trust in the Lord.
Christian faith divides families and friends as well as nations. Indeed, if the verses were read backwards, the first sign of the Lord’s coming would be the stress in families and social circles, then within nations, and finally in the natural order.
But, Jesus began from the universal to the personal to make a point; even personal distress was a sign of the Kingdom. Such personal persecution could even lead to death at the hands of family and friends. Such was the hatred of the Christian faith; such was the power of Christian witness. [21:16-17] This thought leads to a distressing insight: If we do not have some problems in our lives because of our Christian faith, are we effectively witnessing to others?
The costs were high but the faith would continue. Not only would the individual martyr see the Lord in heaven, but the Church would flourish in persecution. [21:18-19] Persecution was a key reason the Church grew at a tremendous rate. People desired the calm trust of the Christian, the great love of the follower even in the face of death.
*Sun 13th Nov – Mercy booklet for all
*Mon 14th Nov. WRAP WITH LOVE 9.30am in St Mary’s Hall
*Thur 17th Nov CWL Monthly Meeting at 1.45pm at St Mary’s Presbytery Meeting Room
*Sun 20th Nov – CHRISTMAS WITHOUT THEM 7pm at St Mary’s – Remembering and praying for healing at the loss of loved ones
*Sat-Sun 26th-27th Nov – National Church Life Survey will be conducted during Masses
COUNSELLING at St Mary’s
Wednesdays 10am & 2pm at St Mary’s Presbytery rear flat. Run by Centacare and Sisters of Mercy. Ph. 0448772010.
* Nora Kingston, 24 Alfred St ph. Wed 4.30pm
* McLean’s, 5a Lindsay St., Wed 5.30pm
* Karinya chapel – Sundays 11am
* St Mary’s Church, Sat 8.45am+ 9am Mass
Remember in Prayer
Chris Erickson, ‘Wally Day’, Frances Garvey, Rose McMillan, Lillian Donald, Maxine Potter, Stefan Svarc, Faye Lovie, Frank Murphy, Frank Tuck, Doris Robinson, Jenny King, Anne Kingston, Shannon Elmore
MASS INTENTIONS Nov 12th – 19th Nov.
Sat 12th Nov.
6.30pm (Percy Sutcliffe, ‘Wally’ Day; Michael Sandral)
Sun 13th Nov 33rd Sunday of OT
9.00am Mass (All Parishioners)
Mon 14th &Tue 15th
No Masses– Wagga Priests’ In-service Training
Wed 16th St Margaret (Scotl) & St Gertrude
9am M (Sr Elizabeth Clancy; CWL Members and families)
Thurs 17th St Elizabeth of Hungary
11.40 Nov. & M. (Imelda, Gauci fm & relatives)
10am Anointing Mass in Hall (Sick & elderly)
9am Mass (Morgan, Ellis & Stevens fm; Kevin Carroll)
6.30pm (Jim, Janet, Carmel, Maureen & Cathy Carroll)
LITURGY ROSTER for 19th – 20th November
6.30pm P Culhane M Macqueen
6.30pm R Packer C Knight
9.00am B & E Christy
6.30pm I Brooks J Lowden
9.00am B Christy R Taylor
Altar: M Doyle
6.30pm P Dwyer F Brooks
9.00am C O’Shea
9.00am S&O Aitkin
Collection: J Taylor
Counters: A & M Campbell
THE JOURNEY CATHOLIC RADIO PROGRAM – AIRS 13 NOVEMBER 2016
This week on The Journey, we have Trish McCarthy in her Milk & Honey segment sharing her tips in Filling the gaps; Sr Hilda Scott OSB shares her Wisdom from the Abbey focussing this week on Remember me as Loving; and Marilyn Rodrigues The Peaceful Parent talks about Having a Team around you (repeat). Not to mention some great music and interviews with people doing amazing things right around the globe and you’ve got a show that is all about faith, hope love and life. Tune into LIFE 101.9 FM or 98.5 THE LIGHT Albury Wodonga Sun 11am or go to www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.