Homily (Reflection) for Thursday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time (I) (23rd November, 2017) on the Gospel
1Macc 2:15-29;
Ps 49:1-2.5-6.14-15. (R.v.23);
Lk 19:41-44.

Topic: Recognising the time.
Jesus wept over Jerusalem in today’s gospel because she failed to recognise the things that make for peace. He prophesied that the days would come when her enemies would set up ramparts around her, surround her, hem her in on every side, and crushed her and her children to the ground. They would not leave within her a stone upon another. All because she did not recognise the time of her visitation from God.
Equally, many till today do not recognise often the time of their visitation from God. They spend time searching for it, keep procrastinating the time they will do this good or that.
In the second letter of Saint Paul to Corinthians we read, “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2Cor 6:2). And whoever wants to be acceptable to God must serve Christ (disciple), cf. Rom 14:18.
Dear friends, why delay? We ought to make hay while the sun shines. Procrastination is very deadly. Tomorrow may be too late.
Bible Reading: 2Cor 6:14–7:1.
Thought for today: Now is the favourable time.
Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace to make the best out of every moment we have – Amen.
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