YEAR B: HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 29TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: VIGILANT AND FAITHFUL SERVANT….”You also must be ready, for the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect”
BY: Fr. Josep Lluís SOCÍAS i Bruguera
Today, upon reading this fragment of the Gospel, we realize that each person is an administrator: when we are born, we all receive a heredity of genes and capabilities to fulfill ourselves in our life. We discover that these capabilities, and our very life, are just a gift from God, inasmuch we have not done anything to deserve them. They are the personal, unique and nontransferable gift, which bestows our personality on us. They are the “talents” which the same Jesus speaks about (cf. Mt 25:15), and we should make them grow during our life span. Capabilities for our complete self-realization, but with the additional possibility to communicate and share these values with each other.
Jesus finally ends the first paragraph by saying: «For the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect» (Lk 12:40). It is our hope the Lord Jesus will come at the end of time; but, now and here, Jesus also appears in our lives, in the simplicity and in the complexity of every moment. It is now then, with the Lord’s strength, we can live his Kingdom. St. Augustine reminds us in the words of the Psalm 33:12: «Happy the nation whose God is the Lord, the people chosen as his very own», so that we can be fully aware of it while belonging to this kinship.
«You also must be ready» (Lk 12:40), this exhortation implies a call to fidelity, never submitted to selfishness. It is our responsibility to know “how to react” to the goods we have received with our life. «Knowing his master’s will» (Lk 12:47), is what we identify as our “conscience”, and it is what makes us responsible for our actions. It is a matter of justice and love on our side, to generously respond to Mankind, and towards each one of its living beings.
Fr. Josep Lluís SOCÍAS i Bruguera (Badalona, Barcelona, Spain)