Scripture Notes – Sunday 14th November 2021


Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.


The lectionary takes us to our final reading from Mark for 2021. The so-called “Little Apocalypse” (Mark 13) is not so easy to make sense of but perhaps today, in the light of all that is going on, it just might speak to us.

We know that quite disastrous climate change threatens us. We stand in need inspiration, guidance and hope. Mark 13 does provide that: destruction and death are in no way God’s final word to us.

The recent pastoral letter of the Archbishop of Dublin on climate change, entitled The Cry of the Earth, the Cry of the Poor, is available online here.

Readings for Sunday 14th November

November: remembering our beloved dead

Tomás Luis de Victoria’s masterpiece is his Officium Defunctorum, a Requiem Mass for Maria of Austria, daughter of Charles V. You may like to listen to the Introit: Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord. The music is expressive in an understated way, almost unwillingly. The singers are the Tallis Scholars.

Hearers of the Word

Hearers of the Word vol. 7, for Advent and Christmas until the Second Sunday of the year, can be ordered directly here.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA