HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A
THEME OF THE HOMILY: My words will never pass away.
Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
READINGS OF THE DAY
Resp Psalm Daniel 3:75-81
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Friday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time, Year A.
FROM OUR FIRST READING
In our first reading today, we heard of the apocalyptic account of the end of times in the vision which the prophet Daniel had received from the Lord, a revelation which would be clarified and affirmed many centuries later by the similar apocalyptic visions received by St. John the Apostle. In that vision, Daniel saw the rise of the great and terrible beasts rising upon the world, with its power and might subjugating many nations and the world, only for all those wicked beasts to be eventually subjugated, overthrown and destroyed by the Lord when He comes again in the end of time, through the Son of Man Whom Daniel had witnessed, the One to Whom, the One of Great Age had passed and entrusted dominion, power and glory forevermore.
FROM OUR GOSPEL READING
In our Gospel passage today, the Lord Jesus told His disciples to be vigilant, reminding them that the signs of the times and the things happening around them are proofs and evidences that everything will happen just as He has revealed it, through the prophets like Daniel and through what He Himself has delivered and proclaimed unto their midst. That is yet another reminder and calling for each and every one of us as God’s followers and disciples, that we are all called to be genuine and faithful Christians at all times, so that in everything that we say and do, we will never be idle, ignorant or fail to recognise and understand the importance of obeying God and His commandments and Law, His precepts and ways, in all the things we say and do in our lives.
Dear brothers and sisters, The seasons come and then they go. The seasons change, just as so much changes in our world and in our lives. However, at the very end of the gospel reading Jesus says that there is something which never changes, which endures. ‘Heaven and earth will pass away’, he says, ‘but my words will never pass away’. The Lord has given us the gift of his word. We find it in the whole of the Scriptures, but especially within New Testament and, more particularly, within the four gospels. That word which does not pass away is an expression, a revelation, of the Lord who does not pass away, who is always present to us, in good times and in bad, in season and out of season.
I wish everyone a Blessed New Month of December.
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