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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Saturday of the 34th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

December 1, 2018

Saturday of the 34th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Rv 22:1-7;

Ps 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7ab;

Gospel  LK 21:34-36


Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”

 

Vigilant Waiting

 

Once upon a time there was an old monk who became the abbot of a monastery. One day a young monk came to question him about his life. He asked, “In all these years of prayer and discipline, of fasting and penance, have you become enlightened and holy?”  The old abbot broke into laughter saying, no I have not become all that holy and regarding enlightenment I don’t know. Then the young monk was serious and asked again, then why do you waste your life here? Have you learned nothing in all these years?  Then the old monk answered, well! Yes, I have learned one thing in life: I need to be watchful always. I never know when God is going to come and visit me.  Therefore, I live everyday as the last day of my life.” This is what Jesus expects from each one of us. Be vigilant and fully awake. We should be like the servant who is awaiting the Master’s return from a journey. We are sure of his coming, but we do not know what day or hour. However, waiting does not mean that we have to give up all our work. Rather, being vigilant at all times means attending responsively to our work, but with a certain tension because we know the Master can come at any time.


Jesus cautions us as we are waiting for the last days; let your hearts not be weighed down with worries of this life. The worries and tensions occur because we focus on ourselves rather than on God. Jesus tells us, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink or about your body, what you will wear” (Mt 6:25) But “strive first for the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Mt 6:33). In other words, Christ tells us to focus on God through constant prayers so that we will have the strength to withstand all the struggles of the end days.  What we need is not mere verbal prayers but prayerfulness. It is to live consciously with God day in and day out. We must make the universal presence of God a reality for us personally by becoming aware of the same presence. Just as He is uninterruptedly aware of us, so we also should be continuously aware of His. Otherwise His presence would mean nothing to us. Gandhiji said: “I can live without food and drink for some days. But I can’t live even for day without prayer. For just as birds need air to fly and fish water, so we need God for sustaining the life.”


To pray constantly we need to set aside a few minutes every day for personal prayer; pray listening to him and telling God anything that is on your mind; pray as you go about the business of the day, as you travel, as you drive or at your desk in the office; focus on God’s blessings in your prayer and thank Him; always express willingness to accept His will; ask for what you want, but be willing to take what God gives you; practice putting yourself totally in God’s hands; and pray for people you do not like because resentment is number one blockade for spiritual power. In other words, if we prayerize our daily life, we can find the invisible God in the most visible and material things. With such awareness if we live every day, then we can stand before the Son of Man confidently on the final day.


Fr. Davis Varayilan CMI


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