NOVEMBER 14 Mon Weekday Rv 1:1-4; 2:1-5/Lk 18:35-43
15 Tue Weekday (St Albert the Great, Bishop Doctor] Rv 3:1-6, 14-22/Lk 19:1-10
16 Wed Weekday [St Margaret of Scotland; St Gertrude] Rv 4:1-11/Lk 19:11-28
17 Thu St Elizabeth of Hungary, Memorial Rv 5:1-10/Lk 19:41-44
18 Fri Weekday [ Dedication of Basilicas of Sts Peter and Paul, Apostles;
USA: St Rose Philippine Duchesne, Virgin] Rv 10:8-11/Lk 19:45-48
19 Sat Weekday Rv 11:4-12/Lk 20:27-40
20 SUN Christ, the King Solemnity 2 Sm 5:1-3/Col 1:12-20/Lk 23:35-43
Readings from Luke’s gospel this week begin with Jesus’ ascent to Jerusalem from Jericho where he meets the blind beggar and Zacchaeus, the publican. As the Messiah ascends to the city he gathers those who sit in darkness and sin. As he enters the city, we weeps over it and cleanses it. The Messiah comes.
During the final weeks of this church year the first readings at Mass for the 33rd and 34th weeks are from the Book of Revelation, which describes the last days when God fulfills his promise of a kingdom. They complement the gospel readings for these weekdays from Luke 17-21, also about the coming of God’s kingdom.
Margaret of Scotland, Gertrude, Elizabeth of Hungary the Rose Philippine Duchesne are saintly women remembered this week. Interesting, they represent women intellectuals, women missionaries and women who govern.
The Feast of Christ the King, next Sunday, ends our church year.