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

November 29, 2018

Thursday of the 34th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23 ; 19:1-3, 9

 Psalm 100:1-5

Gospel LK 21:20-28


Jesus said to his disciples: "When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, know that its desolation is at hand. Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. Let those within the city escape from it, and let those in the countryside not enter the city, for these days are the time of punishment when all the Scriptures are fulfilled. Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days, for a terrible calamity will come upon the earth and a wrathful judgment upon this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken as captives to all the Gentiles; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand."

 

Merging with God

 

Jesus says, “When these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. Jesus wants us to approach the day of his final coming not with fear but with a sense of confidence. How do we gain confidence to face the last days? We grow in confidence when we are sure that what we are doing is what God wants us to do, when our plans merge with God’s plans or when our will fall in line with the will of God. Jesus enjoyed absolute confidence in his life because he was in full communion with his Father. In the gospel of John, we find a kind of growth in his relationship with his Father. At the first stage he says that he is sent by the Father and his food and drink is to do the will of God. In the second stage he experiences that the one who sent him is not far above but the Father is in him and he in the Father. In the third stage we see total oneness with his Father that he says that the Father and he are one. He was absolutely sure that the Father lives through him. That is why when Philip asked him, “Lord, show us the Father and that is enough,” then Jesus said to him, “whoever sees me sees the Father” (Jn. 14:8-9).

Jesus was not afraid of anything or any person. In the gospel of Mark, we see an incident of Jesus and his disciples crossing the sea by boat. As they were almost in the middle of the sea, there was storm and the waves spilled over into the boat. The boat was about to sink but Jesus was sleeping peacefully on a cushion without being affected by anything. The disciples were terrified about it. While the disciples focused on themselves, Jesus focused on his Father who is the creator of the universe including sea and storm. He believed that nothing take place without the knowledge of the Father. Everything in the cosmos is under the sway of God. If anything happens that is for the good. The theological motivation is that no power in the world is greater than the power of God. This faith should instil hope in us to face the challenges of the last days.


John says, “... the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1Jn 4:4). The one who is within us is the Spirit, the Trinity.  The Spirit is “the inner master,” says St. Augustine. The Spirit of Jesus helps us to face the end days. We experience a constant struggle in our life between flesh and Spirit. St. Paul exhorts us, “walk according to the Spirit and do not give way to the desires of the flesh.... Both are in conflict with each other, so that you cannot do everything you would like” (Gal 5:16-17). Let us allow the Spirit of Jesus fully awake in our life through our prayers and good deeds so that we can withstand the temptations and powers of this world and prepare for the coming of the Lord.


Fr. Davis Varayilan CMI


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