HOMILY FOR THE 33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A
THEME OF THE HOMILY: You have been faithful in small things: come and join in your master’s happiness.
BY: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
READINGS OF THE DAY
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A.
FROM OUR FIRST READING
In our first reading today, we heard the description of a righteous, virtuous and good woman, who is truly good and just in all of her works, actions and deeds. This description a righteous woman who is respected and honoured by everyone is actually not just limited to that of a woman, but is a way for the Lord to tell all of us that the same attitude and behaviours are also expected of every one of us, regardless of our gender, age or by whatever other parameters we tended to categorise ourselves into. Each and every one of us as Christians are expected to do what is right, virtuous, good and just in the eyes of the Lord, in doing His will and obeying every one of His Law and commandments, which He has revealed, taught and passed down to us.
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FROM OUR SECOND READING
In our second reading today, we heard of the Lord’s second coming or parousia will happen at the time when we least expect it, and hence, we have to be always prepared and ready to welcome the Lord when He comes again, with a worthy attitude and life. We must not be complacent or ignorant of what is expected of us as Christians, in how we all should live our lives. That is because every one of us will be held accountable for whatever we have said, done and acted in our lives, and also for whatever it is that we have not done and acted, when we have been given the opportunities and the abilities to do so.
FROM OUR GOSPEL READING
In our Gospel passage today, we heard of the parable of the silver talents. In that parable, we heard of the actions of the three servants to whom their master bestowed each of them with five, two and one silver talents respectively. In that parable, we heard how the ones who were entrusted with five and two silver talents made good use of their silver talents when the master was away, invested them properly and did good with them such that when the master returned, their silver talents had doubled in amount. Meanwhile, the one who had been entrusted with one silver talent hid his silver talent until his master returned, and returned the silver talent to his master as it was.
My dear beloved in Christ, todays liturgical readings reminds us to be always prepared for all things, and we must always strive to be exemplary and virtuous in all of our words, actions and deeds, so that we truly become responsible, good and faithful stewards of God’s Creation, and over whatever it is that God has entrusted to us, be it opportunities and talents, abilities and other things in life. We must always strive to do God’s will in all things and at all times because in the end, we shall be asked to account for our lives and how we have lived them. If we have neglected our responsibilities and all that we have been entrusted to do, then we may end up like the lazy servant, who failed to utilise his entrusted silver talent for good use, and we may have to answer for that with condemnation for eternity.
I wish everyone a blessed Sunday.
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