Homily for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: He is God, not of the dead, but of the living.
By: Fr. Patrick
Homily for Sunday November 10 2019
Gospel: Lk 20:27-38
My friends, in this autumnal season where we see the leaves changing colour and the trees becoming bare, the scene is set for this month of November where we remember and pray for our beloved deceased. We bookend the month with Masses specifically dedicated to the Holy Souls (on November 2nd and 29th). We pray and bless the graves at each of our graveyards. Fr. Denis and I offer twelve Masses each for the list of Holy Souls that you have handed in. In remembering our dead we also pray for the bereaved, those left behind, and we prepare for our own day which will come too.
There is a verse of a poem on an old tombstone that goes as follows:
Remember me as you pass by,
As you are now, so once was I,
As I am now, so you will be,
Prepare for death and follow me.
It’s a bit sobering, don’t you think!
However, as we can see in the readings today, we Christians believe in the resurrection, which gives us hope in a new eternal life and this hope helps us to make sense of this present world, especially the trials we inevitably undergo.
The biggest aid to our belief in eternal life is the testimony of the apostles and other martyrs to the resurrection of Jesus.
But there are also indicators of eternity in nature, for in nature we can observe the cycle of life, from birth, growth, decay, death and again new life. According to Martin Luther ‘the whole of nature attests to the resurrection’. There has to be decay and death before any new life can come about, that is how nature works, take the acorn or any other seed for example.
The desire for life and to live forever is also planted in our hearts for we don’t want to die; we want to live for ever.
Therefore, my friends, our belief in eternal life is supported in the depths of our hearts, in nature and in our faith.
Conclusion of Mass – the takeaway
Our belief in eternal life is supported by our desire to live forever, our observance of the working of nature and by means of our faith