Podcast: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

This weekend we celebrate the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, year C, and the next-to-last Sunday of this liturgical cycle. The theme of Christ coming as the final King of the Universe continues through today and next Sunday as we culminate the end of the liturgical year with the feast of Christ the King.

Today’s psalm foretells the Lord’s coming and encourages us to praise the coming King of the Universe. Taken from Psalm 98, the response is:

“The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.”

Our communion antiphon also reminds us to place our hope in the Lord. Taken from Psalm 73, verse 28, we read:

“To be near God is my happiness,
to place my hope in God the Lord.”

Featured Songs:

Psalm 98: The Lord Comes (Rebecca De La Torre)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/psalm-98-the-lord-comes/

Communion Antiphon: Psalm 73:28 (Rebecca De La Torre)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/communion-antiphon-33rd-ot/

In Christ Alone (Stuart Townend, Keith Getty)
https://themodernpsalmist.com/songs/in-christ-alone/
Words and Music – ©2002 Jubilate Music
Contributors: Tom Fettke, Stuart Townsend and Keith Getty. Performed with permission under ONE LICENSE #M-401427. All rights reserved.


Featured Songs




Podcast Transcript

Hi and welcome to the Modern Psalmist Podcast. I’m Rebecca De La Torre.

This weekend we celebrate the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, year C, and the next-to-last Sunday of this liturgical cycle. The theme of Christ coming as the final King of the Universe continues through today and next Sunday as we culminate the end of the liturgical year with the feast of Christ the King.

Today’s psalm foretells the Lord’s coming and encourages us to praise the coming King of the Universe. Taken from Psalm 98, the response is:

“The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.”

Psalm 98: The Lord Comes

As well as in the psalm, in the gospel today, Jesus is prophesying about the end of the age. But despite the difficulties that the these times will bring, the Lord encourages us to put our trust and hope in him, saying in Luke chapter 21, verse 15:

“I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.”

and also in verse 19:

“By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

This is the final verse of the gospel reading for today and is a good segue into our communion antiphon, which also reminds us to place our hope in the Lord.

Taken from Psalm 73, verse 28, we read:

“To be near God is my happiness,
to place my hope in God the Lord.”

The verses also repeat what Jesus prophesies in the gospel today, with verse 24 in particular telling us:

“By your counsel you will guide me,
and then you will lead me to glory.”

Communion Antiphon – 33rd OT (Psalm 73:28)

A fairly modern song titled “In Christ Alone”, written by Catholic composer Stuart Townend, is a beautiful hymn-style composition that I’m using at my English and Spanish masses this weekend. The first line tells all:

“In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light my strength my song
This Cornerstone this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm”

The song summarizes God’s salvation plan and encourages us to keep our hearts fixed on the Lord and his promises to those who put their hope in Him.

Here is my cover of “In Christ Alone”:

In Christ Alone

That was “In Christ Alone” by Stuart Townend for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C. We have one more Sunday remaining before beginning our beautiful Advent season on November 27th. As always, links to the sheet music and recordings for all the songs featured here today can be found in the show notes as well as on TheModernPsalmist.com.

Until next week, God bless you.

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