YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE 33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. (7)










YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE 33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.

THEME: Your endurance as a faithful christian, will bring you victory in Christ Jesus.

BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA

 

*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Malachi 3:19-20
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
Luke 21:5-19

*LITURGICAL COLOUR*
GREEN

*INTRODUCTION*
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today is the 33rd Sunday of ordinary time. Meaning a week from now, we shall come to the end of the liturgical calendar of year C. And so, today’s readings talks about the end of time and our victory in Christ. Our call is to endure until we triumph over all the forces of this world.

*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, we heard of the prophet Malachi speaking the words of the Lord to the people of God, regarding of the coming of the Messiah and also the coming of the end times, the time of judgment.
This simply means, that those who will live righteously and in accordance with God’s will shall be blessed and shall live eternal hapiness. But those who will live wickedly and refuse to obey God’s will shall face the just punishment and consequences due to their wickedness and evil actions.

*FROM OUR SECOND READING*
In our second reading, Paul encourages each one of us to keep on working hard. This is in order to earn our earthly and heavenly living. The Church does not in any way promote laziness or idleness, for the Church it is very clear, Hard work always makes someone to be a good Christian.
At the end of this reading, Paul says that, a rule was given when we were with you: do not let anyone have any food if he refuses to do any work.

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*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
This morning’s gospel reading takes seriously the darker side of life, the painful and traumatic experiences that come our way in life from time to time. The Lord names there the various experiences of darkness that we can find ourselves entering at any time of our lives. Yet, he also declares that he will be with us in the heart of those dark experiences of suffering, of destruction, of loss. When Jesus spoke those words in the gospel reading, he was just about to enter into his own passion and death. However, before facing into his own passion, he spoke about the passion of his followers; before entering into his own valley of darkness, he alerted his followers to the darkness that would envelope them. He seeks to reassure them, and us, that he would remain with them as a light in their darkness.

*CONCLUSION*
Today in a special way, our good Lord encourages us to persevere in righteousness and endure in difficult moments. We are again reminded that nothing in this world will last forever, no matter how precious they are to us. The only thing that will endure is our faith in Christ Jesus.
The final failure of the Christian is to succumb to a sense of hopelessness and helplessness in the face of darkness, and, as a result, to throw in the towel, to give up on the Lord’s good work. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus himself was tempted to retreat before the darkness that awaited him. Yet, his prayer gave him the strength to keep going. Today more than ever, The Lord asks us to keep faith in him, to remain open to his presence, and to be faithful always.
May You All Have a Blessed Sunday. Peace be with you!

 

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