Homily for Tuesday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Dreams, Visions, Signs and the Future
By: Fr. Evaristus Abu
Homily for Tuesday November 26 2019
(Bible Study: Daniel 2:31-45, Psalm (Dan. 3) and Luke 21:5-11)
“A great God has made known to the king what shall be hereafter. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.” (Daniel 2:45)
God still speaks to us today in so many ways and even through our dreams. (Note that it is not every dream that is a divine revelation). Sometimes, our dreams are very clear and we immediately grasp the message, but sometimes we are left dumbfounded as to the meaning of our dreams. This is one of the reasons it is highly recommended that we have a spiritual director, one with whom we can share our experiences as we journey along in life.
King Nebuchadnezzar did not understand his dream so he consulted others and to test their authenticity, he told them to tell him the contents of the dream as well. The fact that Daniel told him his exact dream and gave him an interpretation was a sign that God was speaking through Daniel.
Being able to interpret dreams correctly is truly a Divine Gift. As St. Paul teaches us in 1st Corinthians 12:28-31: “And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts.”
Have you discovered your own gift? Are you making use of it properly?
Coming to our Gospel passage this morning, we see Jesus talking about something that would happen in the future; the fact that the temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed and that many false prophets would come claiming to be Christ; that there shall be wars and tumults and the reign of terrorists. Jesus tells the future just as Daniel did in interpreting the King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Dear friends, what does all this say to us? That God is so great: He knows the future.
Nevertheless, as Jesus would advise us, we should not be so concerned about the future that we forget the present. Right now, our duty is to make use of the gifts and talents God has bestowed upon us in spreading the kingdom of God so that upon His return, the Master may find us doing what He commanded; and our talents would have yielded abundant fruits.
Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, help me discover my gifts and use them judiciously as Daniel did. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Tuesday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Daniel 2:31-45, Psalm (Dan. 3) and Luke 21:5-11).