33rd Sunday Year C, 2016. A realhomilie from Fr Kevin Walsh, Sydney Australia. It’s time, Ladies and Gentlemen! Last drinks!
INTRODUCTION: We are drawing towards the close of the Church Year. It is fitting, therefore, that today’s Gospel should deal with the final days of our world. It is almost as if to say, “Well, if you haven’t been listening too well up till now, this should make us sit up and listen.”
PENITENTIAL RITE: Let us focus on the need for God’s mercy…..let us call to mind our sinfulness.
Have mercy on us O God, in your goodness; in your great tenderness wipe away our faults. LORD HAVE MERCY
Since you love sincerity of heart, teach me the secrets of wisdom. CHRIST HAVE MERCY
O God create a clean heart in us; put into us a new and constant spirit. LORD HAVE MERCY.
PRAYER IN PREPARATION TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION
As we break this sacred bread into many pieces, we are reminded that just as many grains of wheat were crushed to make this one loaf, we too are many, and become one in this Holy Communion. May our focus be on the Lord who enters under our roof; Jesus who knocks on the door of our hearts; Jesus who calls us to be His hands, His eyes, His ears, now and every day.
A SHORT REALHOMILIE TODAY….. It’s time, Ladies and Gentlemen! Last drinks!
We are drawing towards the close of the church year. It is fitting, therefore, that today’s Gospel should deal with the final days of our world. It is almost as if to say, “Well, if you haven’t been listening too well up till now, this should make you sit up and listen.”
You cannot save time; you can only use it wisely and well. Each moment is unique and unrepeatable. Time and tide wait for no one. For me, time seems to go faster these days…the minute hand on my watch seems to go at the speed of the second hand! Maybe it is because I am getting older! When it is all said and done, the present moment is so precious. To look at the ruins of the Temple in Jerusalem today is to see, in effect, what Jesus speaks of in this Gospel story. This, too, shall pass. Life is fragile; handle it with gentleness, wisdom and prayer. We only get one shot at life; there is no dress rehearsal. It is vital that we take the time to reflect on life as we live it; otherwise time passes swiftly, opportunities for love and forgiveness can be missed, sensitivity towards those around us can be can be lost!
There is hardly been a generation on this earth that did not consider the possibility that the world would end in their day. We are keenly aware in these troubled and disturbing times that we have the fire power to end it all ourselves! Never before in human history have the people on our planet been so aware of what is happening in the trouble spots around the globe. Never before have we been so ‘on edge’ about presuming that each day will start and finish in peace!
The last paragraph of today’s Gospel is the most important one for us. The Spirit will be with us; not one hair of our heads will perish; stand firm! As Christians, we are asked and expected to live salvation, and to be witnesses of that salvation to others. If I am saved, I should look saved, and the only real sin I can commit is to lose hope!
Repeatedly throughout the Gospels, Jesus reminds us that we are not alone, he says, “I will be with you always, I am the Good Shepherd, I will never abandon my sheep”. Jesus tells us that that we are “the salt of the earth; the light of the world”. In a world that is so often racked with despondency and gloom, there is need for the living witness of the “Good News”. The second half of the Opening Prayer of today’s Mass says: ‘Help us to drink of his truth and expand our hearts with the joy of his promises, so that we may serve you in faith and in love and know forever the joy of your presence. Amen.”
Fr Kevin Walsh