33RD SUNDAY HOMILY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.
THEME: Blessed Assurance!
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese).
Mal.3:19-20; 2.Thess.3:7-12; Ps. 98:5-9; Luke 21:5-19
Dear friends, today, which is the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, is also the 6th World Day of the Poor. The World Day of the Poor was established by Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter, “Misericordia et Misera”, issued on 20 November 2016 to celebrate the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Now that the liturgical year is gradually coming to an end, we who fear the Lord’s name are assured of God’s protection and healing. We are also told that arrogant and evil people will be burnt up by the Lord’s Day (Yom Adonai). In St Paul’s encouraging words in the second reading, we realize that we must make up our minds to get busy, working for God.
Friends, in his letter to us today, Pope Francis says that “where the poor are concerned, it is not talk that matters; what matters is rolling up our sleeves and putting our faith into practice through a direct involvement, one that cannot be delegated.” Most importantly, Jesus’ Blessed Assurance to us, in the gospel reading, is that though we may have many deceivers who claim to be of God, though trials and persecution comes, even from family and loved ones; not a single hair of our heads shall be lost. So rather than take selfies in front of Cathedrals and doors of Mercy like the Jews in the first reading, we should rather consider the promise that God will give us wisdom that none of our opponents will be able to resist or contradict. What a Blessed Hope is Ours!
Good morning dear. Happy Sunday, and Happy World Day of the Poor!
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