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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 34th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November 27, 2018

Tuesday of the 34th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Revelation 14:14-19

 Psalm 96:10-13

Gospel LK 21:5-11


While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, "All that you see here– the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down."

Then they asked him, "Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?"  He answered, "See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he,' and 'The time has come.'  Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end."  Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky."

 

Faithful Trust

 

In the year 2000 many predicted that the end of the world is already near and some people even prepared and waiting for it but nothing happened. They predicted the end of the world because signs mentioned in the gospel like wars, increase of lowliness, famine, earthquakes and the rise of false prophets were present at that time (Mt 24:4). When they related the indications of the gospel to the present day events they were very clear that we were in the last days. As Christians, this is our belief and the Church’s view that we have been living in the last days for nearly 2000 years ever since Christ resurrected from the dead. The period between Jesus’ Ascension and his Second coming is called the last days.


Jesus doesn’t tell us when and how of his coming but in this period of waiting he warns us, “Beware that you are not led astray.” The Jews were very proud of their temple. It was truly beautiful. We are told that it was one of the most beautiful buildings in the world of its time. Jesus shocked them by telling them that this magnificent strong building would be thoroughly destroyed that not one stone would be left upon another. They were led astray by the material things and the beauty and majesty of the temple. Today’s social principle is: you are what you have. Jesus admonishes us that our security and hope is not in our achievements, possessions, bank deposits, material wealth, titles, positions, or children but in God alone.


The purpose of mentioning about war, famine, plagues and natural calamities in the gospel is not to frighten us but to instill in us hope that Jesus is sovereign Lord. The first reading describes that Jesus, the Son of Man wears a crown of gold to symbolize that he has conquered evil and he bears a sharp sickle to show that he will judge against evil (Rev. 14:14). But it is not enough for us just to wait for the Lord to come. Paul reminds us not to neglect our ordinary duties in this world because of the expectation of the end of the world. We must continue our daily work by remaining faithful to God. When St Aloysius Gonzaga was playing billiards with a friend, during the break, his partner asked him, “supposing, a few moments from now you were going to die, what would you do? St Aloysius paused for a moment and said with a smile, “I would go on with the game.” What he tells us is that we should not worry about the end of our life and end of the world. We have to continue living by being faithful to whatever we do. Let our daily prayers and the Eucharistic celebrations help us to trust in the Lord and continue our journey of life with courage and confidence.


Fr. Davis Varayilan CMI


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