Tuesday of 34th Week of Ordinary C

Persistent in Prayer and Observing the Word of God

In the presence of a master, a young scientist was boasting of the achievements of modern science. “We can fly, just like the birds,” he was saying. “We can do what the birds can do!” “Except,” the master replied, “to sit on a barbed-wire fence.”
Science has advanced far more from the past. However, the end of time and the signs of the end of time that nobody would know including science. The questions as such: When will be the end time? How would one know the end time is near? Those who diagnosed with cancer or any other difficult illness, when will the end of my life? What sign would it be to be the end of my life? These questions and some similar questions that many of us would like to know. Only one answer to all these questions and many other questions surrounding the end time and the signs of the end time lined in the acclamation of today’s Gospel, “Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Or rather, remain faithful to the Lord till death, and we will inherit the eternal life. The question is: How would we remain faithful to the Lord till death? Perhaps, be persistent in our prayer and live the laws of the Lord.

In today’s Gospel, while people were amazed and adored with the temple built with costly stones and votive offering, Jesus said that, “The days will come when there will not be left
a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.” Or rather saying that there is nothing lasted forever in this life. This life will pass, even the life of each individual of us will pass, and nobody would know when and the signs that accompanied it. Therefore, we are all invited to be persistent in our prayer and learn to observe the Word of God in action. How is our prayer life now? Is there anything in this life become the obstacle of our prayer life? How would we overcome that obstacle to be persistent in our prayer life? Would persistence in our prayer life help us to observe the Word of God? What would help us to observe the Word of God to prepare ourselves for the day of the Lord to come? The decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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