Daily homily for Saturday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle I
Theme: Be vigilant at all times
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Saturday November 27 2021
(Luke 1:24-36) Saturday of the Thirty Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus gives further warnings about us getting carried away by our revelries, daily concerns, and life itself as a whole and neglecting the most important one which is preparation for the the end time. He reminds us to be vigilant i.e., to be ready at all times. To be surprised one day and be caught wanting would be a foolish act like that of the five virgins in the Parable of the Ten Virgins who went out of oil in their vigil lamps while waiting for the groom. As a result, they were left out of the ceremony because the groom came while they were out looking for oil.
The end time may be our own death, the end of the world, or the coming of the Lord. Jesus Himself confessed that even Him does not know when it will happen. God chose to make the time unknown. He knew well our attitude with regards to important things to come. We cram before examinations. We tend to do immediate preparations rather than long drawn out ones. With salvation at stake, Jesus would not want us to risk it. He wanted us not caught napping when judgment time comes.
The key is to live life to the full everyday. We may never pass this way again. Whatever we should do, we should do it now. We consider every day as if it is the last day of our life. Christian life is not a seasonal one. We are not Christians only on Sundays, or when someone is in need, or when we are in dire situations. From the very minute we wake up to the time we retire including the night, we live our faith. We always welcome each day with faith, hope, and charity.