*HOMILY FOR THE 32ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A*
1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-18
*THEME: THE FORESIGHTED CHRISTIAN*
My dear friend, this morning, Mother Church invites us to reflect on the fact that we came from God and we shall return to God. We should therefore use today to secure the future. We should be conscious and alert of who we are – Christians who are awaiting the second coming of Jesus Christ. We are warned not to turn this wait into idleness or laziness but that of alertness and preparedness.
Beloved, it is to drive home this call to vigilance that Jesus told the parable of the ten virgins. We are called to stay awake because the day and hour is unknown. Salvation is not a done deal, so don’t take things for granted. Therefore, as foresighted Christians, we ought to live each day as though it was our last day. We are to live a life of anticipation, something which the foolish virgins failed to do; they failed to see beyond the today of their lives. They thought they could rely on charity but it was too late.
Today, Jesus reminds us that being a virgin and for that matter a Christian is a good thing but that alone will not gain us heaven. We need to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (cf Philippians 2:12). Salvation is not about being present in the Church but about what you do because you are in the Church (Matthew 7:21)
Finally, dear friend, remember that salvation is personal and non-transferable. Don’t allow anything to keep you from living for Christ’s coming and as you think about His second coming take a decision to be ready while you wait.
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