HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE THIRTY-SECOND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A.
HOMILY THEME: TO BE VIRTUOUS IS TO LIVE FOREVER.
BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu
“The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them. In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be an affliction, and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace.” Wisdom 3:1-3
The fear of death is the greatest of fears any human being can have. Death has often being described as an insult, it shows no respect for anyone and it levels both the high and low alike. No one likes to hear or talk about it but the more we seem to avoid it at all costs, the more its reality continues to sweep us off our feet.
There is only one solution to death, that is, there is only way we can overpower death such that even when it comes, we are not taken unawares and we continue to live. The solution according to our first reading today from the book of Wisdom is LIVING A LIFE OF VIRTUE. It says “The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, no torment will ever touch them… they are at peace.”
Holiness of life should not be considered as a luxury. It should be our main aspiration in life because at the end, if we strive to be virtuous every day, whenever death comes, we are not thrown off balance.
Jesus tells us in the Gospel passage this morning that we are nothing but mere servants. We should not expect to be rewarded for every single good that we do or get discouraged when it seems our efforts are not appreciated by others.
At times, living a virtuous life seems very unrewarding and painful especially in a world where many prefer evil to good. But we are simply servants. By complaining, we only end up discouraging ourselves and making things even more difficult for ourselves.
Whatever we suffer as a result of our attempts to live a holy life should be considered as Crosses of which Jesus commanded us to carry if we must follow him.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, give me wisdom to live a holy life. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Wisdom 2:23-3:9 and Luke 17:7-10).