HOMILY FOR 33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR A
THEME: The Day of Reckoning
Fr. Uchenna Onyejiuwa
In life, irresponsibility attracts no laurel and there is zero reward for unproductiveness. It takes a little more than common sense to realize that it is a general principle of nature that all that takes must give, and there are as many who rightly make tacit demands for accountability from us as those we have taken from. In other words, apart from God, we have many masters we should be responsible to – parents, nannies, teachers, lecturers, family members, friends, you name it. This is why failure should never be considered as an option in life. The truth is, it is impossible to satisfy the demands of all these earthly masters within the time frame allotted to us. But there is one Master we can’t afford to fail – our Maker.
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It, therefore, becomes preposterous for any man to choose indolence as an appropriate response to life exigencies. Certainly, the outcome would never be palatable. This irrefragable truth of life is vividly expressed in the Gospel reading of today, in the Parable of Talents, albeit, with an eschatological thrust. The first two servants whom the master entrusted with his talents before embarking on a long journey acted following nature’s law and expectation and were effusively praised and ushered to share in the master’s happiness. In contrast to the first two, the third servant flat out went against nature’s prescription and buried his master’s talent and he got reprehension and instant punishment as rewards. From what he said to his master and how he said it, we can deduce that the servant has a cognitive issue. His thinking process is quite defective.
Beloved in Christ, how you think matters a lot in your life and your success depends on it, for it is what informs your character. Any way of thinking that makes one consider inaction and irresponsibility as viable options in life is warped. That is why we need to be mindful of the type of environment and family within which a child is being raised because they lay a solid foundation for a child’s way of thinking and appreciating reality; unfortunately, these things are not factored in here as they should. However, the main focus today is on man’s ultimate destiny and we must train ourselves to be ready to give a good account of the talents God embedded in our lives whenever we are summoned. It would be tragic if your life did not yield any profit. As Christ put it, “For to everyone who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough; but from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” That is when man will know the true taste of death when his life is taken away from him. Therefore, be vigilant and hardworking if you desire to keep your life in happiness and everlasting joy, for the day of reckoning will come like a thief. May the Holy Spirit lead us and guide us as we struggle to multiply our talents to the glory of God and for our own salvation. I wish you a happy Sunday and a prosperous new week. Peace be with you (First reading, Prov 31:10-13,19-20,30-31; second reading, 1Thes 5:1-6; gospel, Mtt 25:14-30).
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