YEAR B: HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: BECOMING A PART OF GOD’S KINGDOM
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
(Lk. 10:27-24) Saturday of the Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel the apostles came back from their mission joyful and victorious. They reported to JESUS their success particularly how the demons were subject to them. Jesus shared their joy but cautioned them that their goal is far beyond the conquer of evil but in becoming a part of God’s Kingdom. He further encouraged His disciples by pointing out to them their blessing of having seen and heard JESUS. Add to that experiencing His company and being chosen to be His disciples. Many would have wanted to be in their place. Much was expected of them.
We might not be one of the original apostles, but we still can be an apostle. Classic example was St. Paul. He was not one of the original twelve and he was even an executioner of Christians. His experience of the risen Lord brought about his conversion and made him proclaim the Good News and witness to the Christian Faith. The apostles had done their part. What they had seen and heard were shared to us in Scriptures, the Word of God in the words of men. They are the living word for they were borne out of the witnessing of the apostles. We now have to do our part. It is now up to us to witness to those words and realize in our lives the teachings of the Lord Jesus.
The month of October is rosary month. Tomorrow is the feast of the Holy Rosary. The rosary is a powerful prayer. But the mere recitation of it does not make it powerful. It is in the meaning of every word in the prayer, meditating on the mysteries, and finding their relevance in our lives. Are the joys of our Lord inspiring to us? Are His sorrows sources of consolation to our own sorrows? Are His lights helpful in dealing with our own darkness? Are Jesus’ glories foundations of hope in our difficulties and frustrations? We pray to learn and be guided in our lives. God’s words are alive. Let them give life to our lives.