Daily homily for Friday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle I
Theme: THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE…. “As soon as you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near”
By: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
R. Psalm: Daniel 3:75-81
Dear brethrens, today, Jesus invites us to read the signs of our times and epoch, and to acknowledge in them the closeness of the Kingdom of God. He invites us «Look at the fig tree and all the trees» (Lk 21:29) paying attention to what is happening with them: when you look at them, «you know that summer is already near» (Lk 21:30). The fig trees start to blossom. The buds burst open. It is not only the anticipation of the flowers and fruits that springs up, it is also the prognosis of summer, when all trees “begin to show fruit”.
*THE CENTRAL MESSAGE ABOUT THE LITURGY OF TODAY*
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, with this knowledge and understanding we get from the Gospel of today, we should put God always at the forefront of our minds and in the most honourable place in our hearts, and He must truly be the focus and centre of our lives and our existence. We must no longer allow other distractions and false idols to replace God as the King of our hearts, our minds and indeed of our entire and whole beings. These idols are the idols of worldly attachments, of power, glory, fame, wealth amongst many others.
*ACT OF CHARITY FOR THIS WEEK!*
Let us all, as faithful Christians seek to glorify God therefore from now on by our lives, by our actions, words and deeds. Let us serve Our Lord and King daily in our own actions and works, that through us, God’s kingdom may come closer to us all and that through us, the Lord’s works and graces find their way to the hearts of many people, especially to those who have not yet known God and who are still living in the darkness of sin and in ignorance of the light of God.
As we approach the end of this current liturgical year and going to begin on a new liturgical year cycle, we are reminded that the Lord, our God and King is the Master of all things, and He is beyond time and space, beyond all sorts of humanly comprehension and wonders. He is the Lord of all, the King of all creation, of all time, past, present and future, and beyond all of that. We are all reminded that this is the truth about the one and only true God Whom we serve.
HAVE A BLESSED WEEKEND DEAR FRIENDS IN CHRIST!
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA