THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

First Reading: Malachi 3:19-20

A reading from the book of the prophet Malachi.

Lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven,

when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble,

And the day that is coming will set them on fire,

leaving them neither root nor branch,

says Yahweh Sabaoth.

But for you who fear my name, there will arise

the sun of justice with its healing rays.

The Word of God recorded in the book of the prophet Malachi.

THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

Responsorial: Psalm in Times of Trouble by Miriam Therese Winter

Psalm in Times of Trouble by Miriam Therese Winter

R:  God Rules the earth with justice.

How shall I stand if I stand alone
when everything goes against me,
when the ground once firm beneath my feet
has the feel of shifting sand?

R:  God Rules the earth with justice.

What do I say when the ones I trust
cross examine my inspiration,
when the God of my heart no longer fits
the old theological frame?

R:  God Rules the earth with justice.

Who among us has not mourned the loss
of childhood’s imaginary friend,
the end of a cherished relationship,
the moving beyond the perimeters of our own securities,
the death of the God of our own making?

R:  God Rules the earth with justice.

Myths crumble, boxes break,
Mystery bursts beyond our boundaries,
Refuses to fit our frames of reference,
refuses to leave us, will not leave us,
even as structures no longer serve us,
old time religion  no longer saves us.

R:  God Rules the earth with justice.

O Mystery, You make a way where there is no way,
You teach us to walk on water,
to pick up the broken remnants of our shattered expectations
and begin to build again.

R:  God Rules the earth with justice.