Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (26th October, 2019) on the Gospel
Ps 23:1-6. (R. v.6);
Topic: The exit.
Today’s gospel like yesterday’s is made up of two sections: Jesus’ warning that perishing awaits all who refuses to repent (Lk 13:1-5), and the parable of the barren fig tree (Lk 13:6-9). Our reflection focuses on the first section.
When some who were present told Jesus about the Galileans Pilate mingled their blood with their sacrifices, He replied, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.” He also said that the eighteen the tower of Siloam fell on and killed were not the worst offenders than all living in Jerusalem. Jesus concluded with this strong warning, “but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”
Whenever we read or heard about either the saints or sinners, many do consider themselves not more than spectators. However the opportunity of seeing or reading or hearing them ought to help us in making decisions. It is an opportunity to know that they are all possible. Hence, the letter to the Hebrews reads, “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith” (Heb 13:7).
If only we can repent today, we will rejoice in heaven with all the saints of God. Repentance is the exit from eternal damnation.
Bible Reading: Heb 12:14-29.
Thought for today: Repent.
Let us pray: Lord, strengthen us to be firm before every temptation – Amen.
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