HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A
THEME OF THE HOMILY: When the day comes for the Son of Man to be revealed
By: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
SAINT OF THE DAY: Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious.
READINGS OF THE DAY
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Friday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time, Year A.
FROM OUR FIRST READING
The first reading this morning speaks of those who take things for gods. They give to God’s creatures an allegiance that is due to God alone. This is the most obvious case of giving more importance to something than it merits. We can all be prone to that in different ways. We can get things out of proportion. One of the tasks of life is to keep things in proportion. For us as Christians keeping things in proportion will always mean keeping the Lord to the fore and not allowing other things to come between us and him.
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FROM OUR GOSPEL READING
The gospel describes a situation in which the normal business of life is suddenly cut short by some unexpected event. The eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building, marrying wives and husbands, that went on in the days of Noah and the days of Lot were suddenly brought to a stop by catastrophic events, the great flood and the destruction of a city.
In our own lives we can have a similar experience. We are caught up in the ordinary day to day business of living, and suddenly something happens that renders all of that of secondary importance. What is it that keeps us going when those familiar routines no longer sustain us? For us as Christians, it can only be our faith in the Lord. We know that when all else changes, when everything else collapses around us, the Lord endures. In the words of yesterday’s gospel reading, ‘the kingdom of God is among you’. God’s reign, God’s power, is among us, in and through his Son. When all else fails, we can rely on that. Like Saint Paul, we can discover that God’s power is made perfect in weakness. In our times of greatest weakness we can experience the Lord’s power most fully.
ABOUT THE SAINT OF THE DAY.
Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, a great and holy woman, a faithful servant of God, whose life and devotion, commitment and worthy life should be source of inspiration for all of us to follow, in how we should be truly faithful in our whole lives as Christians. She is the Patron Saint of the Nazareth Lay Group.
Happy Feast Ba Naza Power.
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