Homily for Tuesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Keep awake that the day may not surprise you.
By: Rev. Fr. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf
Homily for Tuesday September 3 2019
READINGS: 1 Thess. 5: 1-6.9-11, Ps. 27, Luke 4: 31-37
For some time now, the readings have been speaking to us about being awake and watchful and then about the Day of Judgment. It is important that we often reflect over this issue of the Day of Judgment for humanity lives daily as if after death nothing remains. In our day to day activities and living we live in oblivious of this fact that there would be a day of ransoming and reckoning. We live so carelessly as if there would not be a day when we must give account of all our thoughts, words and deeds to the creator God who has sent us here as his special envoy or ambassadors for the mission of salvation and journey to the kingdom.
Today, St Paul speaks about what we are and reminds us to behave accordingly. At times we live as if we are not conscious of what we are and the stuff we are made of. St Paul reminds us that we are not in darkness and so that day is not supposed to surprise us by taking us unawares. We are all sons of the light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. If others would sleep, we are not supposed to do so because we know better and have a purpose and mission to accomplish. We are not the people destined for God’s wrath but are people who should obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He makes us to know that why we must keep awake is because that day shall come unannounced and by sudden and surprise. He used the symbolisms of thieves coming and labour pangs to describe how it would come without prior notice. The real child of God is to be sober and do all that is necessary on time without waiting till the eleventh hour. Everybody would not have the grace and privilege of the thief on the cross to make it at the eleventh hour. Even that thief had it earlier than the eleventh hour because he had opportunity to repent and profess his faith and desire for God’s king: Lord, remember me in your kingdom. The real child of God makes preparation for that day his utmost priority and makes a daily and consistent effort to be on his guard and be on the watch lest he enters into trouble. We are not supposed to relax as if all is well because the days are evil and St Paul admonished us to be careful lest he who thinks he is standing falls. We must make sure we keep to the demands of God and his commandment; it takes nothing away from us if we do all things well and later discover that there is no heaven as a just place but we shall lose greatly and regrettably if we did not prepare and later find out that there is heaven for just people. To be well prepared and do the necessary is better and puts us on a better footing.
Beloved, if we should live a real prepared and proactive Christian life, we shall be filled with the spirit of power and authority and be like Jesus our Master. People and powers would tremble and be surprised at the authority of our actions; that authority comes from our obedience to the life of the Holy Spirit who fills us with power. With such powers we like Jesus can command the evil spirits and they will obey.
We pray that God would make us relish his will and utilize the grace he has given us to remain always ready and prepared for that Day known to him alone; may we not be surprised by it and fall into sudden and unprepared death. Let his grace help us to see the Lord in the land of the living, Amen.
Rev. Fr. Callistus Emenyonu, cmf