DAILY HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II.
THEME: DANGER OF PROCRASTINATION.
BY: FR GERALD M. MUSA.
We are easily carried away by daily activities (eating, drinking, marrying, buying, selling, planting, and building, and we easily forget about the purpose of life, the end of life, and the end of time. Hausa people say Duniya, budurwar wawa(The world is a fool’s paradise). Jesus says, we are not different from people in the days of Noah who were told about the impending and destructive flood, but bluntly refused to enter the saving ark in time until the doors were closed; we are not different from people of Sodom who were warned ahead of God’s wrath and were too busy to listen; we are not different from the wife of Lot who was carried away by enjoyment and perished. Procrastination is our major challenge. Procrastination, from Latin procrastinare, is “to postpone or delay.” We delay everything, including plans to be good, plans to improve, plans to move ahead, plans to pray, and plans to open new chapters in our lives.
Ethiopians say “Don’t procrastinate or you will be left in between doing something, having something, and being nothing.” Igbo people say: “Emesia, emesia bụ onwu na egbu onye umengwu” (“Later, later” is the death that kills a lazy person). English people sayprocrastination is the thief of time. That is to say, delay is dangerous. We can overcome procrastination through planning and executing our good plans daily. What efforts are we making to get out of the procrastination trap?
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