YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: BE CONSCIOUS OF SIGNS.
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
(Lk. 13: 24-32) Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus used the example of the fig tree. It is useful for its edible fruit. When fruitless, it is better to serve as a firewood. It is a sign for the coming for all seasons. Y its looks, you will know the coming season. As the Lord Jesus said, as soon as we see their buds open, summer is near. It is like the presence of frogs during winter which means that spring is almost near.
Jesus tells us to be conscious of signs. Experience is the best teacher. What we knew will lead us to a good anticipation of what are coming. But what if something new comes up? What if something unprecedented happens? The more we must be watchful and critical. Our best guide in those situations is the Word of God. God knows every creation. How to deal with them, especially new occurrences, can be best appreciated in the context of the Word of God.
The Second coming or judgment day, or our own death are the most important events we need to anticipate. Jesus already said His words on that. We ought to listen and verify them with the signs of the times. The best preparation is to be aware of the reality and truth of the word. We do not live like there will always be tomorrow. In fact, we live treating the day as the last day of our life. What are the things we will do if it will be our last act? Hopefully we are not only concerned with how to satisfy our wants. Let us aim for the everlasting satisfaction of being with God in His Kingdom. And we will be assured of it if we are prepared. And the words of Jesus are always effective and available.
For so many years our country had tried solving the peace problem in the south. But peace in that area seemed elusive. Unless everyone is willing to accept, forgive, and sacrifice, whatever kind of peace attained will be fleeting. The world had counted on riches as the key to most if not all our problems. But we know that rich countries still have problems. We know that rich people still have problems. The Word of God holds the key to all our global and personal problems. Gospel values can unlock the mysteries of life.
Let us find consolation in the words of Jesus:
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away!”