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33rd Sunday of the Year – No One Knows the Hour

No one knows the hour

Study:  Recall a couple of times in your life – when you were prepared and when you were caught off guard.  How did if feel?  What was the outcome?

Pray:  Do you have unfinished business in your life?  Take your challenges to prayer and ask the Lord for wisdom and courage.

Serve:  Is there a broken or wounded relationship in your life?  Perhaps you might make the first move to bring healing and reconciliation to the situation.

33rd Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’ s Homily Podcast

The first reading and the Gospel today are direct and to the point: there will be hardship and distress.  Tribulation is part of the journey.  Get ready!

And yet we can sometimes get caught in the (mistaken) sentiment that because we follow Jesus Christ everything is suppose to be sunshine and daisies.  On the contrary – our faith puts struggle front and center, reminding us that we are called to be ready and prepared for the unexpected.  Because just in case you were hoping for some secret sign from the Bible when the world will end, Jesus offers one of my all-time favorite lines of Sacred Scripture:

“But of that day or hour, no one knows,
neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  (Mark 13:32)

No one knows the hour….this is a very big deal.  Remember these points:

  • Difficulty, hardship, tribulation, and suffering are part of life.
  • The unexpected happens!  Deal with it.
  • And we do not know the hour when our lives will be over…

So how do we live?  The answer is simple – TODAY we speak and act so that if the Lord called us right now we would be ready.  TODAY we say:

  • “I’m sorry.”
  • “I forgive you.”
  • “I love you.”
  • “Can I help you?”
  • “Can you help me?”

We live our lives one day at a time – we can’t go back and we can’t go forward – it is only in the present moment that we can do and say.  Thus, if we stay shackled to the past we can’t live today, and if we keep putting off what is needed we are wasting the moment we have.  TODAY is our opportunity to address any unfinished business, to right wrongs and tell the people in our lives how we feel about them.  In other words, today we squeeze out every opportunity we have  to love the Lord and one another…

…for of that day or hour, no one knows.

 


33rd Sunday of the Year – Living in the Moment

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Study:  Have you ever had a time when you were not prepared to be “in the moment” and you missed something special?  How can you be more aware and attentive to the present?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for guidance to both live in the present moment and plan for the needs of future.

Serve:  Who needs help right now?  How can you respond with faith, hope, and love?

33rd Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily

My universe is constructed by my desk calendar.  Without that simple little book I wouldn’t know what was the next event or who was the next person I needed to see.  My calendar keeps me on track, and it helps me to use my time as effectively as possible.

Often I find myself scheduling events weeks and even months in advance.  From weddings to workshops, holidays, concerts, sacraments, meetings, planning committees….indeed the list keeps going as I use my calendar to organize the many events that are part of my life.

Yet I know I am not alone.  Most households have “the calendar” – that monthly planner that coordinates sports schedules with doctor’s visits, conferences, dances, fundraisers, parties, and a host of other personal activities.  The calendar informs us about who needs to be where, when and with whom.

While calendars help keep us focused on what lies ahead, they do pose a danger.  We can get so caught up in what is coming that we forget to pay attention to what is currently going on.  In other words, we may risk losing the present moment when we worry too much about the future to come.

As we come to the end of the Church year, we focus on the “end times.”  People wondered when the world would end, and they worried about what the future would bring.  Yet amidst their anxiety about the future, we discover two central themes.

First, as Christians we do believe that the world will end.  We hold that there is a judgment and  we trust that our faith in Jesus will lead us to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Second, while we believe that the world will end, we also believe that no one knows when this event will occur.  Jesus himself reminds the crowds in the Gospel that many signs and events will happen, and many will claim that they have significance.  Yet the Lord reminds us that these portents are simply part of the world.

We find ourselves then, planning for the future even as we concentrate on living in the moment.  We plan and we hope; but in the end the best we can do is live this day with all our heart, trusting that God will place opportunities where we can live our faith, confident in the future to come.