Welcome to Saint Anastasia,
A Roman Catholic Church and School in the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME This Sunday is the second to last Sunday of our liturgical year. As we approach the end of the Church year, our Gospel invites us to consider Jesus’ predictions and teaching about the end of the world. In the context of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus’ words about this are spoken to his disciples as he prepares them for his passion and death. Before we consider Jesus’ words, it is important to note the political backdrop against which many think Mark’s Gospel was written. Most scholars concur that Mark wrote his Gospel for Christians living in or near Rome about 30 to 40 years after the death of Jesus. This was a time of political turmoil in Rome. Some Christians experienced persecution by the Romans during the reign of the emperor Nero (about 64 A.D.). Jewish revolutionaries rebelled against the Romans, which led the Romans to destroy the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. In this time of political turmoil and persecution, many in Mark’s community might have wondered if the end times predicted by Jesus were in fact quite near. Last Sunday we heard Jesus’ observation about the contributions being made to the Temple treasury and the example of sacrificial giving that he saw in the poor widow’s offering. If we had been reading Mark’s Gospel continuously, we would have heard Jesus predict the destruction of the Temple, his teaching about the costs of discipleship, and the woes that will accompany the end times. Finally, we would have heard Jesus instruct his disciples about the need for watchfulness so that they will not be caught unprepared for this final day of judgment. In today’s Gospel, Jesus continues this teaching by offering his disciples signs to look for that will indicate that the coming of the Son of Man is near. His words and images draw upon Old Testament imagery, especially images found in the Book of Daniel. Next, Jesus offers the lesson of the fig tree, a parable that teaches that if one knows how to read the signs, one can be prepared for the end times. Jesus also teaches, however, that no one knows when the end time will come, except the Father. In the verses that follow this reading in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus continues to warn his disciples to be on watch for this end time. Jesus’ words are not spoken to frighten his disciples, nor should they frighten us. Rather, they are offered to prepare us for the changes we will experience during our lifetimes and at the end times. Our consolation and hope is found in the lasting nature of Jesus’ words and God’s never-ending love for us.
Parish Summary of Operations
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Come, Spend Time with Jesus – Heart to heart!
Please stop by the St. Anastasia Chapel anytime for any length of time when the chapel is open: Monday to Friday, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM September thru Mid- June. There are also empty time slots available. Please consider signing up for one or as many times that you wish to spend quiet time with Our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament by contacting Perpetua Salvucci at 610-359-9817; email email@example.com or click this Sign-Up Genius link.
Reserve time to be with Jesus to ensure that He is never left alone. Jesus is waiting for you!
St. Francis Blessing of the Animals 2015
You can view the event in our photo gallery