Daily homily for Tuesday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle I
Theme: The coming reign of God’s kingdom
By: Fr. Francis Onwunali
Homily for Tuesday November 23 2021
The readings of today focus on the future Kingdom which will reign eternally and the readiness that is required of us in welcoming its emergence.
In the first reading (Dan. 2: 31-45), Daniel, one of the four young Jews enlisted for the service of the King, interprets the King’s dream which summarily indicates that God will set up a Kingdom that will not be destroyed as other kingdoms. It implies warning to the King. Though power and authority is rested on the king, Nebuchadnezzar, such power is transitory. All about our earthly life and existence is transitory. Do you live like everything centers around you? Or do you live in anticipation of the Kingdom of peace, joy and holiness?
In the gospel (Luke 21: 5-11), as people anticipate the fulfilment of the prophecy of the coming reign of God’s Kingdom, Jesus warns them not to be carried away by predictions on when such will happen, rather they should be more concerned of their preparation for whenever it happens to come about.
Dear friends, like the beauty of the kingdoms in the King’s dream, the beauty of the Temple in Jerusalem will be wiped away as Jesus predicts. It points to judgment and salvation. Jesus is the Kingdom that will reign forever and anyone who accepts Him will reign with Him. Do you know the peace and security of a life submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ?
I pray as we journey in life today, we ask for God’s mercy and grace to abound even in the midst of trials and difficulties. May God help us to seek His Kingdom first and to reject whatever would hinder us from pursuing God’s way of peace, righteousness and holiness.
May we not be led astray by the pleasures and promises of this passing world. Have a peace-full day!
Fr. Francis Onwunali