HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE 30TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE I (3)
THEME: WAIT ON GOD
BY: Fr. Francis Onwunali
“I think that what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory, as yet unrevealed, which is waiting for us” and since we are hoping for what we do not see, “we must wait for it with patience.” (Rm. 8: 18, 25).
In the first reading (Rm. 8: 18-25), St. Paul reminds the faithful of Rome of the need to wait in hope for the fulfilment of God’s plan in their life. Though we may be going through the thick and thin of life, what awaits us, surely is great in glory than what we are going through. This hope, St. Paul said: “does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.” (Rm. 5:5)
In the gospel (Luke 13: 18-21), Jesus uses two images- mustard seed and yeast- to portray the Kingdom of God growing from tiny beginnings into great and larger experiences. It involves a period of active waiting. With our hearts fertile, the Holy Spirit which is the seed and yeast in us, will propel the growth, the fulfilment of God’s plan for us.
Dear friends, in our human conditions, a lengthy waiting period can either make or break our hope. We can react by growing bitter and losing hope or becoming better and hopeful. However, St. Paul is reminding us that “trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope” which surely will never disappoint us. (Rm. 5: 3-4).
I pray as we journey in life today, we will not be overwhelmed by the enormity of our troubles, shortfalls and weaknesses. Instead of getting bitter, may we get better through our patience. May we be set free from anxiety occassioned by fear of the uncertainties; the unsure conditions of our relationships, finances, health and job. Those who are now sowing in tears, will for sure, be singing soon at the time of harvest (Ps. 126: 5). Have a hope-full day!
Fr. Francis Onwunali