YEAR A: HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: EVERYTHING IS SUBJECTED TO CHRIST
BY: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
HOMILY: READINGS: DANIEL 7:2-14, PSALM DAN. 3, LUKE 21:29-33
Two of the Apocalyptic literatures somewhat difficult to understand and very often misunderstood are the books of Daniel and Revelation. Their language, symbolysm, imagery and mystery makes them very complex and not easily understood. These books should never be read and translated only on surface level. The section under consideration too shouldn’t be read as it appears for it has an underlying meaning. Daniel’s dream looks like Nebuchadnezzar’s in Daniel 2. Many Scripture scholars opinionate that Daniel 7 should be read in line with Daniel 2, and Revelation 13. In these passages, beasts of mighty power arise, one after the other, symbolic of different nations and the various powers they wield. All of them fall one after the other until the one like the Son of man, the Ultimate King comes with his everlasting throne to establish his kingdom.
Beloved in Christ, the long and short of these frightful stories with mysterious images, their mighty power and subsequent conquest is that: ‘EVERYTHING IS SUBJECTED TO CHRIST’, the one like the Son of man. Verses 11-13 sums up the message of Daniel’s vision – the destruction of the various beasts and instantiation of God’s reign. The four beasts historically represent the great kingdoms of; Babylon (Lion), Medes (Bear), Persia (Leopard), and Greece (the fourth unnamed beast). These rose to the heights that be and exerted control and dominance over many nations, (plundering them too) but fell to unimaginable depths at the instance of God.
The Son of Man used in Daniel 7 looks forward to Christ who himself said he’s the Son of Man (Mk. 2:10, Mt. 8:20, Lk. 9:22, Jn. 8:28). His coming means the subjection and destruction of all the various domineering and evil inclined beasts that are ravaging and plundering his creation. His coming entails victory for all of God’s faithful children who are bedevilled by the evil unleashed by the powers that be on earth. His coming supposes the launching of God’s reign: the reign of peace, love, redemption, joy and freedom from the many perils staunting man’s growth. What a kingdom to be part of! How I wish all of were part of Jesus’ universal, everlasting, happy and redemptive kingdom.
Remember and be always wary of the fact that God’s kingdom is nearer to us than we possibly believe it to be. We may do well therefore to align ourselves to that divine kingdom that is already in our midst (Lk. 17:21). Earthly kingdoms, thrones, powers and might are but transient, never were they and never would they be eternal. God’s kingdom as brought by Christ however, is everlasting and should be the desire of every man. That kingdom starts on earth in love and righteousness. May nothing stop us from being part of that kingdom amen, amen.
May all our previous foes, all our infirmities, miseries, perils and pains be subdued by the Son of Man who conquered the beasts.
FEED AND EDUCATE ONE
Happy weekend lovelies…