YEAR II: HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME.
THEME: Let Us Always be Vigilant for we do not know the time the Son of Man will come.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
The liturgical year of the Church is about to end and New Year will come tomorrow. New Year in the sense that tomorrow will be the First Sunday of Advent, the first day of a new liturgical year of the Church. And we can find this week’s readings pointing to the end-times. Like for example, in today’s gospel Jesus says to us to be vigilant at all times and pray. Therefore, this boy scouts’ motto can very well be applied to us.
*WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BIBLICAL VIGILANCE?*
This statement of Jesus, “Be vigilant” means many different things. It could be: to grab the opportunity when opportunity knocks; not to waste time; to prepare for coming of our death and the Second Coming of Christ and the fulfillment of the establishment of God’s Kingdom.
*what are those things that we should be vigilant of at all times and pray?*
1. First, we should be vigilant against the evil spirit and his temptation. It is because the evil spirit is very real in our ordinary daily living. He is roaming around us. He always finds ways on how to destroy us; on how to attack us especially in our relationship with God.
2. Second, let us be vigilant of our own death. It is because there is nothing certain in this world than our own death. All of us will experience death. Death is our common destiny. But also there is nothing more uncertain in this world than death itself in the sense that no one knows the day or the time that we will die. Death is like a thief that comes in the night, unexpected and so sudden.
3. Third, let us be vigilant for the Second Coming of Christ. On that day we will make an account of our lives. And I hope that this final day should not catch us by surprise. Let us be aware that we have to return of what God has given to us as gifts but of course with fruits. Let us spend our limited time wisely in the service of God. Let us follow the advice of Jesus in today’s gospel, namely not to “become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life.
Let us ask ourselves, “Is there anything in my life that would not be in keeping with my condition as a child of God?”
Have a Blessed last day of our liturgical calendar of Year C. May God bless us all as we begin the new liturgical calendar of year A tomorrow with the Season of Advent.
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