Friday of the 32nd Week of the Year

Luke 17:26-37

The Day of the Son of Man

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

We are all waiting for the second coming of Jesus. When is he coming? Nobody knows. We only have to wait. But wait patiently and meaningfully. During the time of Noah, many people perished. They ate and drank, until the flood came! Only those who entered the ark were saved.

What’s your philosophy in life? “eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we will die?” Or, our life here on earth is so short, let’s do our honest best and be of service of our fellowmen.” As we wait for the second coming of Jesus, let’s be creative enough to live a a meaningful life. Let’s share our God-given talents.

Wilfred A. Peterson in his article The Art of Giving writes, “In gratitude for God’s gift of life to us we should share that gift with others. The art of giving encompasses many areas. It is an outgoing, overflowing way of life.” He adds, “The finest gift a man can give to his age and time is the gift of a constructive and creative life.”

Let’s actively wait for Jesus. Let’s count our blessings and share whatever talents we have. Let’s start at home, then let’s go and serve our community and our country. It’s Jesus whom we are serving through them! What a wonderful way to wait for Jesus! (Fr. Glenn Paul Gomez, SVD Bible Diary 2002)

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Once the great Roman Empire was the most powerful on earth. Yet that great empire disintegrated and sank down. What were the causes? Historian Edward Gibbon, in his story of the Decline and Fall of Roman Empire, gives these reasons:

  1. The rapid increase of divorce; the undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society.
  2. Higher and higher taxes and the spending of public monies.
  3. The mad craze for pleasure; sports becoming more exciting but bloody and brutal.
  4. The building of gigantic armaments, when the real enemy was within; the decadence of the people.
  5. The decay of religion – fading into mere form, losing touch with life and becoming impotent to warn and guide the people.

Sounds familiar, today and since the days before Noah entered ark, and since the days of Lot. Jesus in today’s gospel provides a guideline for the preservation of life, the family and society as a whole. “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will save it.” Sharing life and love to each other is the life-blood of the society. Dying to oneself for the other strengthens the social fabric and guarantees its endurance and advancement. The contrary is gradual destruction: greed and vainglories pampering of the self – a destruction that makes the second coming of Christ a formality. (Fr. Antolin Uy, SVD Bibl$e Diary 2006)

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An inspiring Christian message printed on a t-shirt reads, “Fear comes from unbelief, faith in the Lord brings relief.”

In today’s gospel we read about the flood in the time of Noah that destroyed all those who did not heed the warming; they went on with their immoral lifestyle. And how during the time of Lot fire and brimstone destroyed Sodom for they too would not listen; they preferred to keep their godless ways.

History repeats itself; old habits die hard. The time of Noah and that of Sodom look familiar in our present age. But just as there was hope through Noah and Lot we too have hope in Jesus our Lord.

The gospel seems to paint doom and destruction but if we look deeper it is an invitation to a life of faith: to repent from self-centered way of living to a life centered in God. ( Fr. Dennis Manzana, SVD Bible Diary 2007)

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Once a young man approached a spiritual director with a serious question.

Young man: “Father, I would like to offer my last day in life totally to God. What would you advise me to do?

Spiritual director: “Go ahead, offer the whole of your last day to God. That’s very praiseworthy thing to do.

Young man: “But how can I, Father? I don’t know when my last day will come.

Spiritual director: Simple, Offer every single day of your life to God, totally. That way you will be sure you will also be offering your last day to God, totally.

A matter of life and death, that question. A matter of being prepared for one’s last day on earth. In the days of Noah, as also in the days of Lot, people were caught unprepared for their last day. They were utterly destroyed: Those in the days of Noah by the Deluge, those in the days of Lot by fire and brimstone. Why were they so unprepared? What were they doing then? They were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building marrying and giving in marriage. In short, they were in the very act of living. Yes, living. And they were not counting on being intercepted by death at any point in time at all.

Come to think of it: why should we count on having a tomorrow, when tomorrow is not ours to give? Thinking of death morbid? It maybe considered that. But shouldn’t it be considered realistic, rather? Those who died unprepared, whether in the time of Noah or at any other time might be people who regarded as morbid the idea of preparing for death. A young man, one who should be thinking more of preparing for life rather than for death, passed on the following message to others: how strange that people can be so preoccupied with a life we cannot hold on to, and neglect an eternity we cannot run away from.

Morbid? Or, just looking beyond the here and now to the limitless horizon yonder? (Fr. Cornelio Alpuerto, SVD Bible Diary 2009)

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By: Rev. Rich Gabuzda Institute for Priestly Foundation

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

The author of the book of Wisdom invites us to ponder the attraction of the created world and to wonder at a mystery–the mystery of why so many civilizations were attracted by the power of fire or wind, and the beauty of the stars or the sea, yet they did not come to know the true and living God through these marvels of creation. In the words of the text itself, “. . . from studying the works they did not discern the artisan.”

St. Augustine, wrestling his way toward conversion, encountered this same phenomenon. He even admits that created things kept him from God. From his writings we learn that it was only after encountering the powerful love of the living God converting him from within that the external world exploded into a manifestation of the glory of God. Once Augustine’s eyes were opened to the glory of God in his heart, he could then see the glory of God all around him.

We might sense in the book of Wisdom today a call to ponder the beauty of nature, but what then? Yes, we may see beauty, but will we see the glory of God there? It is unlikely–if our eyes are blind to the beauty of God at work in our hearts. Before such truth we might ask: What defenses and blocks have I erected in my heart that “screen out” this transforming fire of God’s love for me? And then in prayer we might cry out, in the words of Moses, “Do let me see your glory!”

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WORD Today (Wis 13:1-9; Luke 17:26-37): Anyone who doesn’t know God is foolish… They’ve studied the things He made but they don’t recognize the One who made them (Wis 13:1).

We live in age of godlessness. We master the complex science of nature and the human body; we know their abilities, capacities and limitations. But we abuse them both, desiring quick gain, without responsibility, pleasure without consequence. Christ warns that, “In the days before the flood, people enjoyed banquets, parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the great flood came to destroy them all,” (Lk 17:27). We see the terrifying signs in nature and the corruption in human society but we just foolishly bandage the surface wound and ignore the infection of godlessness (Fr. Iko Bajos Oct 15, 2013).

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

FRIDAY OF THE 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – LUKAS 17:26-37. UNSAON MAN KITA PAGHUKOM SA GINOO INIG ABOT SA PANAHON? Gihulagway ni Hesus ang maong panahon pinaagi sa pag-ingon: “Niadtong gabhiona, may duha ka tawo nga magdulog sa higdaanan; kuhaon ang usa ug ang usa ibilin.” Pinaagi ning panultihon gitudloan kita nga matag tawo manubag sa iyang kaugalingon atubangan sa Ginoo. Dili nato mahimong ipasa ang maong responsabilidad ngadto sa uban. Nindot kini nga pahimangno tungod kay adunay mga tawo nga magpasagad lang ug magsalig nga maluwas tungod sa katarong ug kamaampoon sa ilang mga ginikanan, kapikas, o kaha kaigsoonan. Sayon ra nga moingon, “I-apil lang ko og ampo” o “Ikaw lay pagbinuotan para nako”. Sayop! Sa Adlaw sa Paghukom, ang atong binuhatan maoy susihon sa Ginoo, dili ang sa uban. Posted by Abet Uy

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Reflection for November 13, Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 17:26-37

Reflection: When are we going to walk away from our sins? Should we still delay and wait when the most opportune time comes? It might not come and it might be too late already. We should change our ways right at this very moment for we do not know until when our life will be.

The people during Noah’s time were merrymaking and sinning until the floods came so they died without repentance. Same as with the people of Sodom and Gomorra who were engaged in grievous sexual sins they died without repentance also.

What is sin that many of us are so smitten by it? Sin is the bait or trap of the devil for us to end in his kingdom. Many of us fall into this bait for the simple reason that we have weak faith in God. This is basically the reason why we sin. But sin will bring us nothing but troubles and problems, it will not bring us any good.

Let us take time to read about Jesus, let us take time to listen to Jesus and let us be faithful to Jesus. And He surely will find a way for us so that we could walk away permanently from sin. Sin doesn’t offer us any good at all and sin will not bring us except chaos until it destroys us.

The burden or curse of sin doesn’t end when we die, we carry it over onto the afterlife where the final judgment will be.   – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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THE GIFT GIVER – For from the greatness and the beauty of created things their original author, by analogy, is seen. – Wisdom 13:5

She was one of those girls whom guys would love to take home to their parents and whom girls would want to be best friends with. She was beautiful, with clear skin, bouncy hair and naturally doll-like eyes that twinkled as she smiled. Compliment her, and she’d tell you, “Thank you. Bigay ni Lord. (It’s God’s gift).”

She was gifted with a love for music. Her voice could be likened to an angel’s, and this has become her instrument in serving God. As friends pat her on the back as she goes offstage after leading worship, she would humbly say, “Thank you. Bigay ni Lord. (It’s God’s gift).”

One time, she shared about her success in her flourishing career. A new car had been offered to her as a reward for her hard work. She answered my congratulations with “Thank you. Bigay ni Lord. (It’s God’s gift).” To her, everything is a gift from God.

When we focus more on the Gift Giver rather than the gift, we can see God more. When we become more astounded by the generosity of God rather than the greatness of His blessing, we become more grateful to Him. Osy Erica (osy.erica@gmail.com)

Reflection: How often do you attribute what you have and what you have achieved to God? Focus on the Giver, not the gift.

Thank You, Father, for everything You have given me. For every blessing, help me to focus on You more. Remind me that every good thing is not of my doing but a gift from You. Amen.

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November 13, 2015

Friday of the 32nd Week in the Ordinary Time

Wisdom 13: 1-9, Luke 17: 26-37

The Day of Judgment

Jesus speaks of the Day of the Lord or the Day of Judgment. It comes in an unexpected manner as a day of destruction on the one hand and as a day of salvation on the other.

Jesus uses the images of the Flood and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah to indicate the shock and devastation of those destructive days. In both these events we find that people are living their normal worldly lives without any thought of the impending disaster. Destruction occurred all of a sudden without giving them any chance to escape.

The reference to Lot’s wife, who looked back to the place she left and became a pillar of salt, is to remind that how attachment to material things can be disastrous. She had to pay for her longing for the home and the possessions she had left behind. Jesus warns us not to become victims of attachments to things of the world. They may possibly become the cause of our destruction.

Only those who look forward to the coming of the Lord will be saved. We should turn our eyes to eternity rather than to the actual concerns of this world. We should be motivated and led by values that can stand the test of the time.

There are other passages in the Bible which also speak about the unexpected arrival of the Judgment day. In the letter to Thessalonians St. Paul says that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night (1Thes 5:1-2).

As disciples of Jesus, we must be always ready and alert to discern and discover the signs of salvation around us. We should wake from our spiritual lethargy and lukewarm attitude. God’s saving power is active in us. God’s is the dominion, the power and the glory.

The Judgment of God is also a matter of selection and separation. Two people may be doing the same work in the same place at the same time. But one may be found worthy and received into the kingdom, while the other may be found unworthy and rejected. God’s judgment is not based on external conditions, but on inner dispositions.

Even while doing the same occupations people can be different in their goal and commitment. Those who are saved are people are turned heaven-ward in their intentions and actions. Dr. Sebastian Elavathingal CMI

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