YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE 19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: BE VIGILANT AT ALL TIMES AND PRAY…..”You also must be ready, for the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect”
BY: Fr. Melcior QUEROL i Solà
HOMILY: Today, the Gospel reminds us and demands from us to be always wide-awake «for the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect» (Lk 12:40). We have to be always on the alert; we have to live in tension, “disconnected”, for we are but pilgrims of a world that goes by, our true fatherland being in heaven. Our life must go towards there; whether we like it or not, our earthly existence is nothing but our projection towards our definite encounter with the Lord, and in this encounter «Much will be required of the one who has been given much, and more will be asked of the one entrusted with more» (Lk 12:48). Is not this one the supposed crowning moment of our life? Let us live our life more intelligently, and realize what our true values are! Stop searching this earth’s treasures as so many actually do. Let us elude this mental attitude!
After our world’s mentality we are worth depending upon what we have! People is valued by the money they have, by the social class and category they belong to and, by their prestige, their power. But all that, in God’s eyes, is worth absolutely nothing! Suppose you find out today you have an incurable sickness, and you are given just a month to live…, what will you do with all your money? What good will it be all your power, your prestige and your social class? They will be good just for nothing. You, then, realize that all these assets everybody find so valuable right here, when the time for you has finally come, they will be worth just nothing. And, if then you look backwards, around you, you see that all these values capsize: the true values are in the people around you, in their loving care, in that peaceful look of understanding; they all become the true values, the actual treasures that you —behind this world’s gods— had always underestimated.
Try to have the evangelic intelligence to discern which are your real treasures! Let your heart’s treasures be, instead of these world’s gods, love, true peace, wisdom and all the gifts God grants to his favorite sons.
Fr. Melcior QUEROL i Solà
(Ribes de Freser, Girona, Spain)