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Homily (Reflection) for the Nineteenth Sunday of the Year, (C) (7th August, 2016) on the Gospel

Wis 18:6-9;
Ps 32:1.12.18-20.22. (R.v.12);
Heb 11:1-2.8-19 or Heb 11:1-2.8-12;
Lk 12:32-48 or Lk 12:33-40.

Topic: Procrastination is deadly.

Today’s gospel starts with these words of consolation and admonition,

Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.

Many people have plans of preparing unfailing treasure in heaven. The very big problem is when. Many keep procrastinating.

We ought to be ever ready like servants waiting for their master’s return. Those the master finds alert will be blessed. He will make them sit at the table and serve them himself.  However, he will come at any time. Jesus goes further,

...if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.

Once, a newly assigned devil was explaining his strategy to a veteran. “My plan,” he said proudly, “is to convince the man that there is no God.”

“No,” said the senior devil, “that will not work. All the man has to do is take a look beyond the earth and he will know that God exists.”

“Well, then,” said the junior devil, “I will convince him that there is no devil.”

“That is more promising,” Replied the veteran tempter, “but, still, if he takes a close look around his own neighbourhood, he will realise that the devil exists.”

“Here’s the best plan. Don’t try to convince him that there is no God or that there is no devil. Just tell him there is no hurry.[1]

Father Sagayanathan concludes this story with these words, “Evidently that is the current strategy to bring people down to hell”.

Dear friends, we have reflected on various topics. Many of us have made resolutions. The number of resolutions that see the light of day is another thing. Through almsgiving we store up treasures for ourselves. Let us stop procrastinating because it is very deadly. We conclude with this quotation,

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbour, ‘Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it’ – when you have it with you (Prov 3:27-28).

Bible Reading: Matt 6:1-4; Acts 10:1-4; Rom 13:8-10; 1Jn 4:7-21.

Thought for today: Why procrastinate?

Let us pray with the Psalmist:
Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered – how fleeting my life is.
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
at best, each of us is but a breath
We are merely moving shadows,
and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth,
not knowing who will spend it (Ps 39:4-6)– Amen.

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[1] Sagayanathan, A. (2009). Launching pad: Stories for Sunday homilies – A, B & C. Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, pp. 320-321.

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