Homily for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: Perseverance in faith
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Sunday November 17 2019
(Lk. 22:5-19) Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel, Jesus while looking at the temple’s costly adornments and votive offerings foretold that it will not be there forever. The time of reckoning will come. The world will undergo some wars, calamities like earthquakes and famines, and there will be persecutions. Jesus was quick to warn everyone that those were preliminaries and assured His disciples with assistance on what to say and do. Perseverance in faith will be very much needed during those times. They will be coming and we have to go through them. Then, judgment day!
If we are reading the signs of the times, all of what Jesus had already happened. It will not be far fetched to conclude that the world is now ripe for the taking. It was the situation during Noah’s time, and Lot’s, and during the first Christmas. Are we ready? Anytime Jesus would come as promised.
Many had foretold the end of the world in varied ways. We have the prediction of Nostradamus, the dark night, collision of planets in the solar system, Y2K, etc. as Jesus said, we do not let ourselves be deceived by them. The time is not know by anyone even Jesus Himself. Being prepared always is the best. It means being in the grace God always.
I once asked a priest in the seminary, who was leisurely seated and reading the morning paper, on what he will do if judgment day will come in an hour. He stopped reading, looked at me, and said, “Nothing. I will just continue reading the papers. What can I do in an hour? Am prepared for that day!” Indeed, what can we do in an hour? Or two hours? Or one day? Or a week? It is not about time. It is about being prepared. God had made judgment day unknown as to time in order to keep us always on our toes. As humans, we are prone to cramming. We only prepare when things are coming. We do nothing while events are still far away.
While we are conscious of the end time, we take care to live the present to the full. The present is the foundation of the future. Change does not happen overnight. Everyday we must try to live in anticipation of the future. We do not grow tired of serving others. We persevere in our faith in spite of the seeming dominance of evil and absence of God. God will have His time. When that comes, are we with Him?