Homily for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Theme: “OF THAT DAY OF HOUR, NO ONE KNOWS”
By: Fr. Cajetan Anyanwu
Homily for Sunday November 14 2021
This is the 33rd Sunday in ordinary time. The readings present us with the facts of the end times. This world is not our permanent home. We are pilgrims on our journey toward everlasting life. We are not sure when this journey will end, but it is fast approaching. The book of Daniel maintains that there shall be great upheavals, tribulations and disasters (Dn. 12: 1-3). These have been happening yet the end has not come. The uncertainty of this end time has given rise to many false prophets claiming to have received revelation from God. Those with shallow faith in God would be deceived. While the reality of our death and end of the world is obvious, no one knows when it will come.
Therefore, our task is to be prepared, be ready and always on the alert. This means that we must be prayerful, charitable, amicable and focused. It is an interim moment of sober reflection on our lives with regard to faith, forgiveness, and reconciliation. It is a time to ask for the gift of wisdom and discernment for peaceful coexistence with one another in this passing world. Jesus gives us assurance that heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away (Mk. 13:24-32). What we are not sure of is the day, the hour and the time the end has been fixed by God The Father.
While anticipating the end of time and the impending judgement of the world, we must plunge into action to avoid being caught unawares. We must not allow the passing earthly things to prevent us from living the new life that comes with Christ. Our preparation for the coming of the Lord must not be done in fear, rather, it must be a joyous moment because Jesus loves us. Unlike the Jewish priests, he is the eternal high Priest who atoned for our sins on the cross (Heb. 10:11-14, 18). We are meant to avoid whatever might distract us from being well prepared. The most important preparation this time is the spiritual type as against the material. May the Second coming of Christ revive our lives to love one another, amen! Happy Sunday.
Fr Cajetan Anyanwu
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