Our true inheritance of faith and peace Print E-mail
Sunday scripture column

Jem Sullivan

Sunday, Nov. 18
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dn 12:1-3
Psalm 16:5, 8-11
Heb 10:11-14, 18
Mk 13:24-32

Family feuds often revolve around inheritance. Decisions on who inherits family property and possessions bring out the best and the worst in family relationships.

One hears of siblings with strong family bonds who are torn apart by inheritance disputes, while other families draw closer together to make amicable decisions to share inherited family possessions.

Psalm 16 invites our reflection as the Church's liturgical year draws to a close in coming weeks. God's word calls us to pause in the midst of the hectic pace of these days and weeks and turn to the things that are above.

We are reminded that before we choose to make room for God in our busy lives, it is God who chooses us and gives us the gift of life itself.

In fact, God chooses to give us himself as an inheritance! Faith is a marvelous gift that we are given as our spiritual inheritance.

To receive the gift of faith means that God looks on each of us as special in his eyes. So in faith we join in the grateful prayer of the psalmist who says, "You are my inheritance, O Lord!"

In the Gospel, Jesus speaks of periods when great signs and wonders are to be revealed at the end of time. And to prevent his disciples from getting worried and being consumed with anxiety, Jesus reminds the disciples that no one, not even he, knows the day or the hour of the end of time. Only God, the creator of all, knows.

This teaching brought the disciples peace of mind and heart. Jesus desires to give each of us that same peace today.

We turn to God's word to draw strength and wisdom for daily life. In God's word, we find the consolation, comfort, and peace we need for everyday situations and decisions.

Jem Sullivan is secretary for Catholic education of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.