Homily for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: Your endurance will win you your lives.
By: Fr. Patrick
Homily for Sunday November 17 2019
Gospel of Luke: 21:5-19:
My dear friends, we are coming to the end of our Church year and our readings reflect that by concentrating on the end times. Jesus is encouraging us not to be frightened when we hear of wars and revolutions, earthquakes and plagues and famines, for this is something that must happen, but the end is not so soon. Today we could translate this as Jesus is encouraging us not to be frightened when we hear of homelessness, people trafficking, the extinction rebellion, paramilitary activity, forest fires, Brexit and trade wars, for this is something that must happen, but the end is not so soon. Then there is our own personal story of struggle, sickness, loneliness, addiction, frustration and lack of meaning and purpose in life.
Again Jesus is encouraging us not to be discouraged, to put our hope and trust in him, for all things will pass both bad and good. This message of Jesus and the understanding our faith gives us on life is so important, for many people especially the youth are psychologically traumatised or paralysed due to worry and fear. However the light of God will win out for Jesus promises us not a hair on our head is lost and our endurance will win us our lives.
My friends, I’ll like to finish with a quote from the Diary of Anne Frank during World War II: ‘I see the world being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too; I can feel the sufferings of millions, and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquillity will return again.’
Conclusion of Mass – the takeaway
Amid the world’s turmoil and our own personal struggle, Jesus encourages us not to be frightened, that our endurance will win us our lives