YEAR B: HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: PREPARE FOR HARVEST.
BY: Fr. Evaristus Abu
_“And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat upon the cloud; ‘Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.’ So he who sat upon the cloud swung his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.” *Revelation 14:15-16.*_
Using very graphic images, John in our first reading describes the end of the world in terms of harvest. This is just in line with what Jesus in our Gospel passage taught about judgment day; how the sheep shall be separated from the goats; how those who have done well will rejoice while some will be sent to a place of crying and weeping.
In other for us not to get too attached to imagery, we must dwell on the essence of the message itself – there is nothing that we do that does not have its repercussion. For every good deed that we do and for every wrong deed that we do, we shall somehow get to receive a boomerang effect later. *The good we do as well as the evil we do comes back to us.*
Just as farmers harvest the crops they plant, we cannot expect to harvest good in places where we have sown evil. Our life on earth is very short. It is a time of planting and it is exactly what we plant, (the way we choose to live, the choices we make every day) that determines what the harvest of our lives would look like.
This day of harvest will definitely be a day of great disturbance, turmoil and sadness. As Jesus points out in today’s Gospel passage, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.” Luke 21:10-11.
As you step out of your room today, let this question dwell in your mind. Harvest day must surely come; what am I planting today?
Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, may my life yield a great harvest. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Revelation 14:14-19, Psalm 96:10-13 and Luke 21:5-11).