THEME: The Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Res Psalm Isaiah 12
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In today’s first reading, Paul speaks out of a sense of having been greatly graced by God. Although ‘the least of all the saints’ (the baptized), he has been entrusted with a ‘special grace’. The grace Paul speaks about is the gospel which unveils the mystery of Christ. Paul is overawed by ‘the depths that I see in the mystery of Christ’. He is very aware that this grace that has been entrusted to him carries with it a responsibility. He is now a servant of this gospel with which he has been graced, responsible for proclaiming it to those who have never heard it. In the language of the gospel reading, Paul sees himself as a ‘steward’ who has been given much by his master and who now needs to show that he is worthy of what has been entrusted to him.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
Today’s gospel reading calls on us to be ‘faithful and wise’ stewards. We need to keep treasuring the many graces we have received from God and live out of what has been entrusted to us. We have been graced by the Lord so that we can grace others with what we have received. This reading also tells us about the end of time, like when the Son of man will come unexpected.
The Son of Man comes at an hour we do not expect. We may be inclined to relate that to the hour of our death; sudden and unexpected death is certainly a reality. However, more may be being referred to than that. The Son of Man comes to us in the course of our lives; his daily coming in the midst of life can also be unexpected. The Lord may call us to do something we had never thought about; he may take us down a path we might never have gone down if left to ourselves. The Lord can come to us through unexpected people, through people we would never think of as the Lord’s messengers.
The Lord Be With You.
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