Homily for Saturday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: The Ultimate Goal
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
HOMILY: (Lk. 10:17-24) Saturday of the Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel the apostles came back from their mission joyful and victorious. They reported to JESUS their success particularly how the demons were subject to them. Jesus shared their joy but cautioned them that their goal is far beyond the conquer of evil but in becoming a part of God’s Kingdom. He further encouraged His disciples by pointing out to them their blessing of having seen and heard JESUS. Add to that experiencing His company and being chosen to be His disciples. Many would have wanted to be in their place. Much was expected of them.
To belong to the Kingdom, to have our names written in heaven, and to be in God’s favor are our ultimate goals. Our life here on earth is connected to that goal. The temptation is to regard this present life as the end of life. Successes, no matter how great must always be in the context of and in view of eternal life. Even our failures should carry the same essence. The events of the present have the tendency to take center stage and assume prime importance. Thus, acquiring riches, fame, and power have become the standards of so many. They are drowned by these worldly crowns. Just as Jesus cautioned the apostles success against the evil spirit, Jesus cautions us against the lure of the world.
We are in the world but not of the world. We are part of Creation. But God made us stewards of His Creation. As stewards, He have us power and authority to manage and use it. Our stewardship is essential to the attainment of eternal life. Our guiding principle will be the will of God. In other words, what we must do regarding God’s Creation must be all in accordance with His will. We are not the owner of Creation. God created and gave them to us for a purpose. It is our sacred duty to fulfill that will.
It will be good to assess our own life in this light. What were the gifts and responsibilities given to us by God? Have we been using and disposing them according to His intentions? Is our life now going in God’s direction? God forbid, we had not gone astray or had been drowned by the world. Let us keep our eyes focused on the prize. Let us run a good race towards the finish line which is God’s embrace, the Kingdom