Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year B / Sunday, November 14, 2021

This Sunday’s Readings: 

Daniel 12:1–3

Psalm 16:5, 8, 9–10, 11 (1)

Hebrews 10:11–14, 18

Mark 13:24–32

DIDN’T 2020 FEEL A BIT LIKE THE APOCALYPSE? The end of days described in today’s Gospel seems to represent that dumpster fire of a year. The tribulations of pandemic, racial injustice, sexism, political unrest, poverty, and violence fed our sense of doom. By the end of that year, we were tired of being vigilant and exhausted by the unknown.

In these last weeks of the liturgical year, we enter into chapter 13 of Mark’s Gospel, sometimes called the “little apocalypse.” We started this liturgical year, during the worst days yet of the pandemic, with the concluding verses of the same chapter, which urged us to be watchful. From beginning to end, Mark asks: Where do we see God? And throughout, Jesus directs his disciples’ gaze: Look to the peripheries, the invisible ones, the powerless, the child, the widow, the cross. There you will see God’s glory. Today, Jesus exhorts his followers to be vigilant, to watch for the signs of God.

The thing about biblical apocalypses is that they always point to God’s nearness and fidelity. Even when we lapse in our vigilance, fail to see God’s presence in the chaos, or fall asleep when we should have stayed “woke,” the good news of the Gospel is this: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” God is faithful. You will see. The hard question we must ask ourselves is this: Is our motivation for the good that we do in line with the scribes or in line with Christ?

–Diana Macalintal

Suggested Music

GIA Hymnal Suggestions
WLP Resource Suggestions

Choral Suggestions:

It Is Well with My Soul 

Philip Bliss / Arr. James Biery

G-8377 · SATB, keyboard

It’s Alright within My Soul

Sylstea Sledge

G-6554 · SATB, piano

Steal Away

Arr. Diedre Robinson

G-7441 · SATB

The Day of the Lord Is at Hand

Arr. Marilyn Biery

G-8731 · Two-part mixed choir, organ, C instrument

The Morning Trumpet

Arr. Anne Heider

G-7419 · SATB divisi


“Gird on the Gospel armor of faith and hope and love, and we’ll hear that trumpet sound in the morning.”

In the notes for this piece, Anne Heider recalls the history of The Singing Harp and the “singings” that took place most notably in the southern United States.  These shape note sings – which continue today – are marked by two wonderful traditions: Everyone is invited to come forth from the group and be the leader of their song of choice. And a great communal meal is started by all. What is your sung prayer this week? With whom do you need to sing? Who needs to hear your song?  What do you hope God will hear when you lift your voice in song? 

–Victoria Zibell

More choral suggestions for the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time…


Gusten y Vean: Salmo 34(33) (bilingual) Pedro Rubalcava SATB, cantor, assembly, piano, guitar 012676

I Rejoice  Kathleen M. Basi SATB, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitar  008337

I’m Gonna Ride the Chariot  Arr. Edward Eicker  SATB, solo, piano  008906

In God’s Time  M.D. Ridge. SATB, descant, keyboard, guitar  008889

It Is Well with My Soul  Philip Bliss, Arr. Carl W. Haywood  G-6563

It Is Well with My Soul  Philip Bliss, Arr. Nathan Carter  SSATTB, piano  G-5868

The Trumpet in the Morning  Arr. Rory Cooney  SATB, assembly, piano, guitar, opt. piccolo, trumpet, tenor saxophone, trombone G-4970

With the Alleluias Ringing to the Sky Timothy Dudley-Smith & Bob Moore. SATB, keyboard  005934

You Are My Inheritance  Paul Lisicky  SATB, descant, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitar, oboe  007741

You Are My Inheritance: Psalm 16  Craig Colson & Kristen Colson. SATB, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitar  006358