Homily for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Theme: ABOUT THAT DAY AND THAT HOUR, NO BODY KNOWS.
By: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today is the 33rd Sunday in ordinary time of year B. The readings of today presents us with the facts of the end of time. This world is not our permanent home. We are pilgrims on our journey toward everlasting life. We are not sure when this journey will end, but it is fast approaching.
*FROM THE FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, all of us heard from the Book of the prophet Daniel the revelation of God to Daniel how the end of times will come, and St. Michael the Archangel, the great Prince of Heavenly Host and leader of the Angels of God was also mentioned. Echoing what would later on be revealed further in the Book of Revelations by St. John the Apostle, we heard how trials and tribulations will come for those who are faithful to God, and how they, all of us will suffer because of our faith and commitment to God.
Therefore dear brethrens, this book of Daniel maintains that there shall be great upheavals, tribulations and disasters (Dn. 12: 1-3). These have been happening yet the end has not come. The uncertainty of this end time has given rise to many false prophets claiming to have received revelation from God. Those with shallow faith in God would be deceived. While the reality of our death and end of the world is obvious, no one knows when it will come.
*FROM THE GOSPEL READING*
In todays Gospel reading, Jesus gives us assurance that heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away (Mk. 13:24-32). What we are not sure of is the day, the hour and the time the end has been fixed by God The Father.
*THE CENTRAL MESSEGE OF TODAY’S SUNDAY*
1. Firstly, While anticipating the end of time and the impending judgement of the world, we must plunge into action to avoid being caught unawares.
2. Secondly, We must not allow the passing earthly things to prevent us from living the new life that comes with Christ.
3. Thirdly, Our preparation for the coming of the Lord must not be done in fear, rather, it must be a joyous moment because Jesus loves us.
4. Forthly, We are meant to avoid whatever might distract us from being well prepared. The most important preparation this time is the spiritual type as against the material.
Preserve me Lord for in you I take refuge because you are my portion and cup. Lord may I keep the thoughts of you ever in my sight and help me to work towards writing my name in the book of life. May my body and soul rest in safety in you and may you not abandon my soul to hell nor let me taste corruption. May you show me the path of life and lead me to the fullness of joy in your presence so that I shall behold at your right hand bliss forever, and may the Second coming of your son Jesus Christ revive my life to love and care for other people.
Happy Sunday dear Friends in Christ Jesus and Peace be with You.
-Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.