Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
November 25, 2019
Today, in Mercy, we begin a series of readings from the Book of Daniel. It is the only time throughout the Liturgical Year that we get a good dose of Daniel. And it is well placed, coming in this final week before Advent.
Daniel is apocalyptic literature, a genre which conveys the author’s perception of the end times through dreams, visions and prophecies. Like many of our readings of the past weeks, Daniel focuses us on God’s Final Coming into time by interpreting current circumstances in a spiritual light.
Today’s Gospel does the same thing, but in a little different way.
Jesus tells the story of the poor widow who gave everything she had for the sake of the poor. This widow, in a sense, already lives in the “end times”, a time when our only “possessions” will be the good we have done in our lives.
Both these readings set us up to reflect on our lives and times as we approach Advent. This sacred season is the annual reenactment of Christ’s First Coming in order to prepare us for:
- Christ’s daily revelation in our lives
- Christ’s Final Coming at the end of time
All of Daniel’s complex visions and prophecies can feel a little confusing, but we can focus on this:
- God is continually revealing Godself in the ordinary circumstances of time.
- We can open ourselves to this revelation by our humble prayer and good works.
- Staying awake like this in our hearts and souls will allow us to pass seamlessly into God’s Presence when the end times come.
Music: Be Thou My Vision