HOMILY FOR 19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C.
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
*THEME: PREPARE, THE LORD IS COMING*
Beloved in Christ, today the Church reminds us of the need to be watchful and faithful as we wait for the Lord’s coming.
The call to a life of watchfulness and faithfulness cannot be ignored but one that should be embraced with joy. This is because like the Israelites of old we too are tempted by the world to give up on faith as something that is not worthwhile.
Consequently, the first reading from the book of wisdom reminds us of the covenant that established us as the people of God as well as our responsibility to our new found identity. We are called to a life of faithfulness as we await the Lord’s coming.
Beloved, this faith is defined by today’s second reading as “the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
Consequently, the gospel passage of today takes up the theme of how to make this faith applicable to our life.
Beloved, for Jesus, our lives as Christians should not be divided into compartments where we will have dual personalities. But sadly, most of us today have separated our lives into two; sacred and secular, for which reason our worship of God has no bearing on our lives. For example, some of us are angels in church but in our homes and workplaces we are the devil himself.
Thus, the parable of the lazy servant warns us of the consequences of a divided personality and lifestyle.
Let us therefore resolve today as we begin a new week to allow our faith in God to influence the life we live in this world as Christians knowing that there is reward or punishment for our actions and inactions.
May God bless you and thank you for helping me give a befitting burial to my late Dad.