Homily for Friday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Words of eternal life
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Friday November 29 2019
(Lk: 21:29-33) Friday of the Thirty Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus pointed to the fig tree and other trees which give signs of their growth. In the same way the coming of the Kingdom will have its own signs. With the coming of the Kingdom was the fulfillment of His words.
Jesus did not waste words. He gave to us the full Gospel, the complete Good News of salvation. His words and deeds, His life and ministry, comprised the whole of God’s revelation. In Jesus, we attain salvation. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
How do we regard Jesus and His words and deeds? They were not told and done only for the people of His time. They were meant for all peoples for all time. It was relevant then, it is still relevant today. His message of forgiveness, love, justice, and peace, to name a few, continue to be important and effective in our lives today. More than just being quoted by almost everyone, Jesus’ words and deeds respond to the challenges and needs of today.
Many had wanted lasting peace. But until they learn to follow Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness and love, they cannot attain it. Many had longed to find their lives. But until they learn to heed Jesus’ command to learn to let go of the self, life will be elusive. Many had tried to acquire a lot of riches to attain happiness. But until they realize that it is not riches in material things but riches in spiritual things which really matters, they remain wanting.
Listen to Jesus. He has the words of eternal life. Peter learned that. He faltered at one time but recovered and repented to get back on track. We have choice to follow our words and the world’s. But they are no better before Jesus’ word and deed.