November 28

November 28

Tuesday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

First Reading – Dn 2:31-45

Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar: “In your vision, O king, you saw a statue, very large and exceedingly bright, terrifying in appearance as it stood before you. The head of the statue was pure gold, its chest and arms were silver, its belly and thighs bronze, the legs iron, its feet partly iron and partly tile. While you looked at the statue, a stone which was hewn from a mountain without a hand being put to it, struck its iron and tile feet, breaking them in pieces. The iron, tile, bronze, silver, and gold all crumbled at once, fine as the chaff on the threshing floor in summer, and the wind blew them away without leaving a trace. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. “This was the dream; the interpretation we shall also give in the king’s presence. You, O king, are the king of kings; to you the God of Heaven has given dominion and strength, power and glory; men, wild beasts, and birds of the air, wherever they may dwell, He has handed over to you, making you ruler over them all; you are the head of gold. Another kingdom shall take your place, inferior to yours, then a third kingdom, of bronze, which shall rule over the whole earth. There shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron; it shall break in pieces and subdue all these others, just as iron breaks in pieces and crushes everything else. The feet and toes you saw, partly of potter’s tile and partly of iron, mean that it shall be a divided kingdom, but yet have some of the hardness of iron. As you saw the iron mixed with clay tile, and the toes partly iron and partly tile, the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. The iron mixed with clay tile means that they shall seal their alliances by intermarriage, but they shall not stay united, any more than iron mixes with clay. In the lifetime of those kings the God of Heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed or delivered up to another people; rather, it shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and put an end to them, and it shall stand forever. That is the meaning of the stone you saw hewn from the mountain without a hand being put to it, which broke in pieces the tile, iron, bronze, silver, and gold. The great God has revealed to the king what shall be in the future; this is exactly what you dreamed, and its meaning is sure.”

Responsorial Psalm – Dn 3:57, 58, 59, 60, 61 (R.59b)

R. Give glory and eternal praise to Him.

“Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord,
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

“Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord,
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

“You heavens, bless the Lord,
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

“All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord,
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

“All you hosts of the Lord, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.” R.

Gospel – Lk 21:5-11

While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here– the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.” Then they asked Him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.” Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.”

Featured Saints

St. Stephen, the Younger, monk and martyr (†764). Abbot of the monastery of Monte Sant’Aussenzio, in present-day Turkey. He was exiled and later imprisoned, tortured and finally decapitated during the iconoclast persecution of Constantine V Copronymus, Emperor of Constantinople.

St. James of the Marches, priest (†1476). Franciscan, disciple of St. Bernardine of Siena, he was a great preacher and orator, practising his ministry in in Italy, Poland, Bohemia, Bosnia and Hungary.

St. Papinianus of Vita and Mansuetus of Uruci, bishops and martyrs (†fifth century). These two African prelates were burned in every part of their bodies with red hot iron plates for their defence of the Catholic Faith against the Arian king, Genseric.

St. Andrew Tran Van Trong, martyr (†1835). He was imprisoned and cruelly tortured for refusing to trample a cross; he was beheaded in Kham Duong, Vietnam.

Blessed Theodora of Rossano, abbess (†980). A spiritual disciple of St. Nilus the Younger, she instructed many in the ways of monastic life in Calabria (Italy).

Blessed Luis Campos Górriz, martyr (†1936). Doctor of law and member of the Lay Apostolate; he was killed by firing squad for his Catholic faith in Paterna, near Valencia, Spain.

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