Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (24th October, 2017) on the Gospel

Rom 5:12.15.17-21;
Ps 39:7-10.17. (R.cf.vv.8.9);
Lk 12:35-38.
Topic: Are you ready?
Many have plans of preparing for eternal life. However, the question is when.
We ought to be ever ready like servants waiting for their master’s return. Those he 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 with these words, “Evidently that is the current strategy to bring people down to hell”.
Be warned!
Bible Reading: Matt 6:1-4; Acts 10:1-4; Rom 13:8-10; 1Jn 4:7-21.
Thought for today: Are you ready?
Let us pray: Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered – how fleeting my life is (Ps 39:4) – 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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