Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (25th November, 2016) on the Gospel
(Saint Catherine Alexandria, V.M., Opt Mem)

Rev 20:1-4.11–21:2;
Ps 83:3-6.8. (R. Rev 21:3);
Lk 21:29-33.
Topic: Perceiving the signs.
Jesus also said to His disciples,
Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
Some may find it very difficult seeing these things because although we see a lot but we hardly perceive, cf. Matt 13:14. And like the Jews, we say that we are seeing. Jesus cautioned, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains” (Jn 9:41). Everything that happens in the world is a lesson for us. However, we often miss them.
When things go for others the way we wish they go for us, we crave to become them. Sometimes, we question why things go for us this or that way. However, when things go for others the way we do not desire, rarely does anybody search for the reason/s why he/she is not in their shoes.
It is only the grace of God that has lead us this far, cf. 1Cor 15:10; Eph 1:7. Only by His grace can we trample down our foes, cf. Zech 10:5. We ought to humbly wonder always with David, “Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? (2Sam 7:18; 1Chr 17:16)
Bible Reading: Eccl 1:1-11.
Thought for today: Learn from every lesson.
Let us pray: Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? (2Sam 7:18) God, I thank you – Amen.

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