33rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Speculations of the end of the world occur in every age and have even intensified in recent years. There is the fear of instant destruction of the world by nuclear weapons, the annihilation of the human race by biological war… climate change phenomena, natural disasters—recently the frequent and successive earthquakes, have led people to ask – malapit na ba talaga ang katapusan ng mundo?
People are so worried that they immediately have the temptation of looking for someone or something which can give them assurance and security.
In the gospel, Jesus tells us that such and other catastrophes will happen but let us not see in these the sign that the end of the world is at hand. They are merely reminders that everything in this world will have to end and that we ourselves have to prepare for our own end. When? We do not know.
It must be pointed out clearly that we can never be sure when the end will be. Jesus himself says: “ as to the day and the hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, but only my Father (Mt 24:36).
I believe that the more important question to ask is not WHEN but HOW are we using the time which we have now and what do we hope to accomplish in the years that lie ahead.
Could we await the end with confidence, knowing that we have done all we could? Or would we rather feel that there was so much we have left undone, so many faults to atone for, so many omissions to make up for and we could crave for a little more time to put things right?
We want to make a HIRIT…we make a lot of bargaining. And yet when we are given more time, do we make the best use of it?
My dear friends our whole eternity depends on our decision to prepare for eternity. We cannot afford to gamble our eternal happiness by ignoring the word of Jesus as he admonishes us today – here and now – to prepare for the day of RECKONING!