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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

Wis 6: 12-16

Ps 62: 2abc, 2d-4, 5-6, 7-8

1 Th 4:13-18

Mt. 25: 1-13


Jesus speaks often about the need to be watchful and prepared for his arrival. He wants to convey the message that time and life should not be wasted away but put into good use. So in today Gospel we have the parable of ten virgins getting ready to welcome the bridegroom. All these ladies are supposed to be ready to receive the bridegroom who might arrive at any time.


In the Gond  tribal culture, for most marriages the bridegroom along with the marriage party reaches the bride’s house  in the night. Earlier there were fewer facilities for transport and because of that if the party had to come from a far off place it took long time to reach the bride’s house and it could be even be mid night or even later. But the bride’s party has to be ready to welcome the bridegroom and his party with all the traditional paraphernalia. If it is not done this way, it is taken as an insult, sometimes even resulting in the very cancellation of the marriage arrangement.


Similarly Jesus is trying to make us aware that we need to be prepared for his arrival or when we are called up to his presence. If in a marriage, the welcoming party has to be so prepared to receive the bridegroom and the party, how much more one has to be prepared to welcome our eternal bridegroom Jesus Christ.


In Lk: 12/35-40 Jesus urges us to be vigilant like the servant who awaits the arrival of his Lord even in the mid night. We know the kind of practice and hard work the athletes and other players and contestants  of Olympic Games and other international events put in,  in order to win and receive the medal. Similarly Jesus wants us to have a lifelong awareness and preparedness to receive eternal life. So in  1 Cor: 9 : 25 we read that everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.


In the parable of the faithful and unfaithful servant Jesus tries to drive home that one has to be watchful like the faithful servant who looks after the other servants and treat them well thinking that the Lord of the house can arrive at any movement- Lk: 12/41-46. If we are going to be like the unfaithful servant enjoying the life and even punishing and abusing the fellow servants and others, we are sure to be punished by the Lord as well.


We see this being repeated in the Gospel of St. Mark: 13/ 33-37. It is the human nature that one starts to develop a sort of taken for granted kind of attitude with regard to the routine things we do in life. So there is always the need to remind ourselves  that we need to be vigilant and awaken at every moment and day, that even if whenever we are called up we need not panic or feel frightened that we are not prepared.


We find a similar message in the book of wisdom in the first reading. We are advised to always look for wisdom and always desire for it. If we crave for it and want it by heart, it will come to us. Thus we need to be prepared for receiving it. Similarly we need to be prepared to receive the Lord.


St. Paul also tells us that we should have clear idea of what is to happen at our death. If we have prepared ourselves and lived a life as per the will and wish of the Lord then we are sure to receive the eternal life as did Jesus Christ.


There is a village called Shanishignapur 35 kms away from Ahmadnagar in Maharastra. There are no doors for any house there. The shops in this village are never closed. None of the tables or shelves has lock and key here. There is no stealing at all in this village. The UCO bank in the village has no lock. There may not be any lockless branch for any bank in India. When they build the house they avoid the door and lock as they have firm faith that their Lord the Shani would protect them. It is really a source of hope and inspiration that people have faith in the goodness of the other even in this age.  This may be their way of being prepared to receive the Lord. As reported by Manushyasnehi in November 2016, page no. 27.


Fr Paulson Muthipeedika CMI


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