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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Sunday of the 33rd Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November 18, 2018

Sunday of the 33rd Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Daniel 12:1-3 ;

 Psalm 16:5, 8-11;

 Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; 

Gospel MK 13:24-32


Jesus said to his disciples: "In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

"And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds' with great power and glory, and then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.

"Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates.  Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

"But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

 

 WATCHING OVER

 

Today’s Gospel concludes with the Lord’s exhortation to watch out, to be awake and not to fall asleep.  The exhortation to watch out and not to sleep away is built on sound reasons. He gives two of them.


Reason number one is, when we are caught up in a prolonged time of distress and anguish, after an initial phase of struggle and hoping beyond, some of us give up; we resign to our pitiful fate; self-pitying and negativism become our daily routine. Jesus uses picturesque metaphors to explain the phase of distress in our life: He calls it a time of trouble when sun will grow dark and the moon will no longer shine and when the stars will fall from heaven.


Reason number two is, when life enters the stage of security and affluence, when one does not have to wrestle with challenges and uncertainties, we give up all guard and caution. The imagery Jesus is using is of the fig tree at impending summer. In lands with severe winter, people prepare for winter months storing enough grains and resources. Winter offers little scope for hard labor. That would mean that winter is a time for rest and unwinding. The entire nature with greenless trees resembles someone in long sleep with abandon. But winter is soon followed by spring and summer. Trees wake up and bring forth fresh leaves. That is a signal for humans to wake up and get set for work as well.


Jesus’ message is clear. Nothing in life is hopeless enough to give up all hope. Nothing is safe and secure enough to give up all guard. Life may look like a long serial of tragic episodes without interval. But faith should offer us hope. Jesus says that the sun will not eternally set on our times of trouble. The clouds will clear. The son of man will appear in the sky with great power and glory. On the other hand, financial security and good news on the health front and in relations may move us to think that we are insulated from any uncertain future. Jesus introduces a bit of prudent caution into our thoughts of laxity. Don’t fall asleep, stay awake, says the Lord, who is in the know of everything, past, present and future.


S.K. Pottekkadu is a celebrated writer in Malayalam. In his Jnanapeeth winning book, Oru Deshathinte Katha (The Story of a Land), he records an interesting experience he had on his visit to a zoo. As he walked along, he came across a cage for the monkeys. There was something strange about it. A snake had somehow found its way into the cage. As we know, monkeys and snakes are not best friends. Scared and defenseless, the monkey gripped the snake hard right below its head. Well, the snake was choked to death in a few moments. But the monkey did not know since it could not draw enough courage to take a second look at the snake in its grip. So he stretched its closed fist with the snake firmly in it as far beyond as he could and turned his head the other way. Neither biting hunger nor engulfing thirst would move him to let go the snake, by now dead and rotting in his grip. No wonder then, after a couple of days the monkey too dropped dead with the dead snake still in his grip.

For the monkey, his encounter with the snake was to define the rest of his life. He could not move on. His thoughts and imagination got stuck with his encounter with the snake.


Our sympathies are with the monkey. But do we fare at all better?


There have surely been times in our lives when we thought that the sun was growing dark, moon was not shining and the stars were falling. They were dark nights of our souls, when we were left to suffer alone the pain of misunderstanding from the ones closest to us, of appreciation and encouragement expected but not extended, of prayers fervently said, yet not heard, of growing insecurities on the financial front, of memories of abuse and non-acceptance, etc. They may have been times when we stopped hoping and stopped moving, stuck on our track with a closed fist and a closed heart.


The message of the Gospel today is to believe and put our whole trust in God who is Emmanuel. As Emmanuel he is a God who never leaves us both when life leads us to dark times as well as to bright times. Life experiences keep changing their colour and mood. Only one thing is constant in our life. That is the Lord who faithfully walks with us and sustains us with his understanding in our moments of failures, forgiveness in moments of sin, encouragement in moments of challenges, appreciation in moments of successes, etc. Keep awake and keep walking, the Lord would say. Any time we stop on our tracks, whether overcome by the burdens of despair or overjoyed by the eccstacies of success, we will miss the Lord; any time we fail to march on, we miss his grace and blessings.


Come September and there begins a series of puja festivals for our Hindu brethren in India. Ganpatipuja, Durgapuja, Lakshmipuja, etc. are just some of them. Generally they are ten-day celebrations. The celebrations begin with the solemn installation of a beautifully decorated statue of the concerned god. Depending upon the artistic perfection and size, the statues can vary in price even going upto a hundred thousand rupees. For ten days, pujas and prayers are offered to the statue. The festival ends with the ceremony of visarjan. After the final round of pujas, the statue is taken in procession and immersed in a river or a pond. To the uninformed it may look a strange practice. But there is a beautiful message in it.


With visarjan, the devotee is making an enlightened, theological point. ‘Dear god, for the last ten days you were with us. We offered you pujas and prayers and you gave us prosperity and grace. But we know you are not God. You are only a pointer to God. The real God is beyond forms and names. We do not want to get stuck with you. We want to move on and reach the real God beyond you. So good bye to you.’


The greatest spiritual lesson to be learnt in life is that the Lord is the only one who will be constant in our life; he is the only reliable one. Everyone and everything else will fail us. Moreover, with him being on our side, any thought of despair is misplaced. Any presumption of security in anything else is misplaced as well.


Hence the Lord’s saying, ‘keep awake with our glance fixed on him.’


Rev.Dr. George Kulangara CMI


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