HOMILY FOR NOVEMBER 22, MEMORIAL OF SAINT CECILIA, VIRGIN, MARTYR.
THEME: Meditation on the end of time.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
The church liturgical calendar will come to an end. Soon a new church year will begin and that will be, Advent. At the end of the church annual calendar many bible readings pertain to the end of time and today’s gospel passage is one of them. Jesus describes the signs of the end of time and gives two very important points. He said: “Do not be deceived” when somebody said that he is the messiah or the time has come and “do not be terrified” when wars, insurrections and others happen.
*WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM THE LITURGY OF TODAY?*
First, “do not be deceived.” Jesus tells His followers not to be too ready to believe what they hear from what the people are saying. It is because these do not necessarily spell the end. The message now being given to us is that the end does not follow immediately. It is because nobody, no legislation, no books and writings are adequate to the Gospel or can replace it and its message of compassion, justice and love. No body can adequately embody our Gospel of life and so don’t think it will.
Second, “do not be terrified.” Let us not panic when we hear how terrible the world is or how awful this group or that group is. Let us not be too alarmed when we hear of wars and social upheavals. Yes there will be too many natural disasters, widespread diseases and celestial phenomena. And let us not contribute to the chaos and troubles with our own words and actions; let us breathe slowly and deeply and know the power of God.
Jesus is saying these two things to us because God is love. God is only love. He is nothing, but love. Love is all that God ever offers to us whatever we do. God is love, this means that whatever we have done, He has dissolved it already in His love even before we do it, because God knew in advance what we are going to do. In this sense, God loves us so much.
The Lord be with you!
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