Homily for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: Faithful Servants
By: Fr. BennyTuazon
Homily for Sunday August 11 2019
(Lk. 12:35-40) Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel, the readings zeroed in on faith as necessary in our relationship with God and in our salvation. The Book of Wisdom mentioned the trust the Israelites had in God that they knew they will be protected from the destruction awaiting those who had rejected and did not listen to God’s messengers. The Letter to the Hebrews, the second reading, gave an extensive account of the of the display of faith of Abraham. The two readings provide a very excellent foundation and reason to welcome the end time with anticipation and joy instead of fear.
In the Gospel Jesus talks about the day of judgment, the end time, or the second coming. Life on earth is not forever. The journey on earth, after death, will continue in the next life.
That change from life on earth to life eternal will be subject to a judgment before God. It is God’s utmost concern that we pass that judgment. That was the reason why the Father sent no less than His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, to die the most touching death after proclaiming the most touching words and making the most touchings miracles. Jesus gave the best preparation for everyone then, now, and to all generations to come. Jesus gave a thorough warning by stating that it will come anytime, no need to bother possessing a lot of things, do every good deed you can, and love your neighbor. But how can you achieve all of these? Faith!
Yes. Only in and with faith can we be best prepared for the end time and be worthy of the Kingdom. We can learn a lot from the Father of Faith, Abraham. He left his family, land, and livelihood in answer to the call of God. He did not have an idea where he was going. He was responding in faith. He believed that God will be true to His promise to give him a child even if he was old and his wife Sarah sterile. Also, by faith, he was willing to obey God’s command to offer in sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham simply trusted God! In the same way, our faith in God will lead us through all the challenges, tribulations, temptations, difficulties, and problems we will face throughout this lifetime. Our faith in God will be our light in darkness, hope in desperation, guide through maze of life, life in death, and courage in rejection and threats. Faith makes us tie the end of the rope when we reach its end.
Death is hard to face not only because it separates us from life on earth but it also ushers us into the next life. How will we be welcomed in the next life? What lies ahead? “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) Our attitude towards death and the next life matters a lot. For the faithful, death is part of life. The Kingdom is seen with great anticipation.
In one gathering, Cardinal Rosales was asked how he had been successful in being healthy and lengthening his life. This was after many had intimated their own “secrets” like exercise, eating healthy foods, avoiding stress, taking vitamins, yoga etc. The good Cardinal, in answer to the question said, “Nothing. Because I might not die!” It was an expression of his faith. Not that he did not want to live longer but he anticipate the day when he will meet his Creator. Our destiny is to be with God. That is what each and every one of us actually anticipate. And that can only happen in Faith!