HOMILY FOR 29TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C
2 Tim 3:14-4:2
*THEME: IT’S PRAYER AND ACTION*
Beloved in Christ, today Mother Church celebrates World Mission Sunday; a day set aside for the Church to publicly renew its commitment to the missionary movement. This day was created by Pope Pius XI in 1926, as a day of prayer and propaganda of mission. And in the words of Pope Paul VI “the Church exist in order to evangelize” (cf Evangelii Nutiandi 16). Evangelization is thus the duty of us all.
Consequently, Pope Saint John Paul II described this day as an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches us how to give …’to God and for all the missions of the world’ (cf Redemptoris Mission 81). Also for Pope Francis, this day invites us to “go out” as missionary disciples offering our talents and creativity so as to bring the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the whole human family
My dear friend, this celebration therefore reminds us not only to live our faith but to share it by talking about it. This affirms for us Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world,” a call on us to show the way and attract others to the way.
Beloved, today also the first reading and the gospel remind us that our success or victory in life depends on God. However, we are warned not to see prayer as a substitute for human effort; as well as our last resort when things are not going on well for us.
God therefore wants us to be like the persistent widow; staying in relationship with Him, no matter the condition of our life.
Beloved, these Amalekites represent those near – success challenges that confront us when we are about to enjoy something good. For example, disappointment at the threshold of marriage, financial crisis when beginning a new business etc. This notwithstanding, we are not to give up, like the widow who through perseverance received her due from the unjust judge.
Finally, the call on Israel is thus a call on us to make physical preparation without failing to rely on prayer also. For as long as Moses’ hands were raised and the widow persisted, God’s intervention was assured. Culled from. www.facebook.com/padredolphyne/ www.padredolphyne.WordPress.com. www.padredolphyne.blogspot.com