YEAR II: HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME.
THEME: My words will never pass away.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading of today, we heard of the moment of the final defeat of Satan, the great enemy at the end of time, and the ultimate triumph of God and the faithful over all those who have long persecuted the holy people of God. The Lord will triumph over all evils and all the forces of the wicked, and that vision of St. John saw of this great victory and the final defeat of evil serves to encourage all the faithful people of God who at that time had been facing a lot of struggles, trials, challenges and persecutions, having to endure prison, and even martyrdom for their belief and faith in God. Many, like St. John himself, had to suffer because they believed in God and refused to worship the pagan gods and idols, or the Emperors, who back then were often regarded as divine.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In the gospel reading this morning, Jesus speaks about heaven and earth passing away. We know from our own experience that a great deal passes away. Many of us will be able to think of very significant relationships that have passed away, relationships which we considered central to our existence. In this month of November we may have been.
There is much that we want to hold on to that we know we will have to let go of. The time will come when we will have to let of our health, and even of life itself. Having said, heaven and earth will pass away, Jesus immediately says, ‘my words will never pass away’. When we have to let go of so much, the Lord’s words remain.
The Lord is constantly present among us and within each of us. One of the ways the Lord is present to us is through his word. His presence in and through his word is constant. In the concluding words of Jesus in our gospel reading, ‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away’. The Lord’s life-giving word accompanies us not just through all four seasons of the year, but through all the seasons of our life. The seasons of our life are not as regular as the seasons of nature. We can find ourselves in a personal winter at any time of our lives. We can suddenly enter a time when signs of light and life are difficult to find. It is at such times above all that we need to keep reminding ourselves of what Jesus says in today’s gospel reading, ‘the kingdom of God is near… my words will never pass away’.
Happy Blessed Weekend!