Homily for Thursday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Be constantly prepared
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Thursday July 11 2019
(Mt. 10:7-15) Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus stressed the urgency of being prepared for the Kingdom. In sending the apostles to proclaim the Good News and admonishing the people to repent, He reminded them of not to be bothered by the cost of fulfilling their mission, accept any support from those who will welcome them, do not bother to linger with people who will reject them, rather, go to those people who were lost, least, and last and would appreciate their message. This is not to abandon the unbelievers and people or other faith but to attend first to those who will benefit from the Good News. These were signs from Jesus of the urgency of the message and the conversion.
More than two thousand years had passed since the message of urgency was given. Many, now, doubt the truth of the message. Some, maybe,had abandoned the faith and the message. On the other hand, there are those who had responded extremely like the early Christians during the time of St. Paul who stopped everything they were doing and spent time praying and anticipating the second coming of Jesus. St. Paul scolded them by giving the consequence that they will not be served of their need if they continue to do so. God’s time is not man’s time. The Kingdom will come at the proper time. Jesus Himself had admitted that even He did not know the time. It comes like a thief in the night. Thus, we must be prepared.
The message of urgency actually means to be constantly prepared. We live our lives as if today is the last day. Tomorrow may never come. Jesus wanted us to enter into that situation. Unfortunately, the way things are to most, they think that just because they are healthy and young, the end is not near. We regard life like a test in school. We only prepare when it is due to come. The difference is, the coming of the Kingdom comes unannounced and sudden like the blink of an eye. When it comes, we cannot do anything anymore but let it come. Jesus does not want us to be caught flat-footed. He loves us. He wants us to be where He is. If we love Him, let us hear His words nd respond to His message of urgency with alacrity.