Autor: Fr. Patrick Butler, LC | Fuente: Sacerdos Institute 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
November 18, 2007. Homily. Readings: Malachi 3:19-20a; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19.
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C Readings: Malachi 3:19-20a; Psalm
98; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19 Author: Fr. Patrick Butler, LC
OF THE READINGS The world and its false securities are passing
realities. In the end, the love of God is all
that remains. That love is reciprocal; God has loved his
human creatures and awaits a loving response. He comes to
assist us, making our response possible and helping us to
persevere in that loving response until the end.
DOCTRINAL MESSAGE The world
can be seen from different points of view. From a
materialistic point of view, the visible world is all that
is real. Material realities are to be exploited for the
enjoyment and well-being they can provide. A utilitarian perspective builds
on this materialism, applying it to one´s personal situation. It
views things, and even people, as objects to attain self-fulfillment,
in a purely material and horizontal way. It is ultimately
self-centered and egoistic.
What is lacking from these ideologies, or world
views, is transcendence. Ultimate security is sought in things that
can never provide stability. The biblical world view, based on
Divine Revelation, presents quite another picture. The Readings from the
Book of Malachi and from the Gospel show this world
to be transient. True fulfillment does not come from creature
comforts, but from a living relationship with God. Security comes
from following God´s will, the commandments to love God and
neighbor, doing good and avoiding evil. Goodness will withstand the
passing of this world, while evil, and those who do
it, will be whisked away.
The liturgy of this Sunday prepares
for the celebration of Christ as King of the universe
next Sunday. Today´s Gospel shows Jesus revealing to his followers
the truth concerning the end of this world. He goes
on to tell them that they will suffer by being
betrayed into the hands of the powerful of the world,
even by family members and friends. The scene appears bleak
and discomforting. However, Jesus provides the only true consolation. His
friends will never be left alone. He assures them that
he will give them the words of wisdom to speak.
They must strive to persevere by remaining faithful to God.
Only God and his promises remain in the end.
APPLICATIONS All of us are immersed in a materialistic culture, where
we are esteemed for what we have rather than what
we are. We risk to be caught up in material
concerns that dominate our considerations. While these things seem so
important, so substantial, our faith assures us that our heart
should be centered elsewhere.
What kind of person am
I? My attention should be focused on doing good, out
of love for God and neighbor. By doing good, I
become good. By being self-centered, egoistic, I become selfish, which
is evil. If I concentrate on what I am rather
than what I possess, then I will be building on
rock, which is a solid foundation that will withstand the
end of the world. Therefore, my faith should not be
a close second to my dedication to "more important things."
Rather, faith and its consequences assure us these other things,
which are indeed important, will be oriented towards God and
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