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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Friday of the 32nd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November 16, 2018

Friday of the 32nd Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Wisdom 13, 1-9

Gospel LK 17:26-37


Jesus said to his disciples: "As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all. So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, someone who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them, and likewise one in the field must not return to what was left behind. Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left."  They said to him in reply, "Where, Lord?" He said to them, "Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather."

 

The Day of Judgment

 

Jesus speaks of the Day of the Lord or the Day of Judgment. It comes in an unexpected manner as a day of destruction on the one hand and as a day of salvation on the other.


Jesus uses the images of the Flood and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah to indicate the shock and devastation of those destructive days. In both these events we find that people are living their normal worldly lives without any thought of the impending disaster. Destruction occurred all of a sudden without giving them any chance to escape.


The reference to Lot’s wife, who looked back to the place she left and became a pillar of salt, is to remind that how attachment to material things can be disastrous. She had to pay for her longing for the home and the possessions she had left behind. Jesus warns us not to become victims of attachments to things of the world. They may possibly become the cause of our destruction.


Only those who look forward to the coming of the Lord will be saved. We should turn our eyes to eternity rather than to the actual concerns of this world. We should be motivated and led by values that can stand the test of the time.


There are other passages in the Bible which also speak about the unexpected arrival of the Judgment day. In the letter to Thessalonians St. Paul says that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night (1Thes 5:1-2).


As disciples of Jesus, we must be always ready and alert to discern and discover the signs of salvation around us. We should wake from our spiritual lethargy and lukewarm attitude. God’s saving power is active in us. God’s is the dominion, the power and the glory.


The Judgment of God is also a matter of selection and separation. Two people may be doing the same work in the same place at the same time. But one may be found worthy and received into the kingdom, while the other may be found unworthy and rejected. God’s judgment is not based on external conditions, but on inner dispositions.


Even while doing the same occupations people can be different in their goal and commitment. Those who are saved are people are turned heaven-ward in their intentions and actions.


Dr. Sebastian Elavathingal CMI


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