Homily for Saturday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle I
Theme: Be vigilant and prepare for the rough times
By: Fr. Francis Onwunali
Homily for Saturday November 27 2021
Today we celebrate the last day of this passing liturgical year, the eve of the new year. It is a time to introspectively ask: how have I grown since the past liturgical year? It is a time to rededicate ourselves to have a deeper relationship with God as we continue our faith journey.
In the first reading (Dan 7: 15-27) focused on the reign of Antiochus Epiphanes, who, not only desecrated the Jerusalem Temple, but also forced the people to defile themselves or face persecution. Daniel give hope that those who have remained faithful, the holy people, will be part of the new Reign of God which will be everlasting.
The gospel (Luke 21: 34-36) cautions us to be vigilant and prepare for the rough times that will precede the coming of the Son of Man. “Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man”. Are you ready?
Dear friends, imagine being part of the Reign of God which, not only will be filled with truth, justice, peace and righteousness, but will also be everlasting, that is what we are promised for keeping the faith. So is there any aspect of my life that needs to be addressed because it is not faith-filled? We should fervently pray that the coming of the Son of Man will not find us unprepared..
I pray as we journey in life on this last day of the year, we may long for God and seek His face. May our Lord Jesus rekindle in our hearts the fire of His love so that we will be ready and eager to meet Him when He comes. Have a vigilant-full day!
Fr. Francis Onwunali