Veritas PH

The WORD. The TRUTH.

 334 total views

Homily for Friday of the 34th Wk in Ordinary Time, 25 Nov 2022, Lk 21:29-33

For today’s homily, let us take our inspiration from today’s Responsorial Psalm, Ps 84, which speaks about “God’s dwelling place”. You might be more familiar with it as a liturgical song. It says,

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord mighty God, Lord of all… Even the lowly sparrow finds a home for her brood

And the swallow a nest for herself where she may lay here young in your altars my king and my God…” (Ps 84:2,4)

What I like most is the part in the psalm that compares the human soul to a “lonely sparrow” that “finds a home for her brood” and a “swallow” that builds “a nest for herself where she may lay her young” in God’s altars. Very poetic.

You know, what comes to my mind is what I see every night when I pray the rosary while walking around our cathedral grounds. Every now and then I see people getting off from jeepneys,obviously coming from work, looking tired and hungry, some of them clutching a plastic bag of food items they probably still have to cook when they get home. It’s 7:30pm; it must have taken them more than an hour by public transportation.

But what I find most touching is that many of them still take time to drop by the Church, just when the Church doors are already locked, and the security guard has already closed the main gate. Some of them dare to ask the security guard to please let them into the patio, just to stand before the closed main door of the cathedral for about 10 minutes.

You can literally see how their tired faces are rested afterwards. Some wonderful things seem to happen within those short ten minutes. Some of them don’t even ask to enter the patio; they just pause and stand outside, before the iron grill fence. Sometimes they come as a whole family riding on a motorbike. The father usually parks the bike right there at the sidewalk, removes his helmet and holds hands with his wife as both parents rest their hands on their little children’s shoulders. They bow their heads quietly, sometimes even resting their foreheads on the iron grill fence.

It is when I witness such tender moments that I am most inclined to hear the song playing inside me, “How lovely is your dwelling place, O lord, mighty God, Lord of hosts…” (Ps 84:2)

But I am sure some people have the same longing for God’s dwelling and don’t know where to find it. People have even attempted to “build a house for God” like King David. Remember that passage in 2 Sam 7, when he felt guilty about living in a palace while the ark of the covenant was kept in a shabby tent? Like David, people who presumptuously build houses for God often forget the Psalm that says, “If the Lord does not build the house, then in vain do the builders labor…” (Ps 127) No, we don’t “build a house for God”; it is God who builds a house for us. It’s the other way around.

We call God’s dwelling by many names. Our Gospel today calls it “God’s kingdom” and reminds us that we have to be alert about its coming. He says we will know somehow, when “God’s kingdom is near.” (Lk 21:31) There will be signs that will point to its presence in our midst.

The prophet Isaiah once said to people who tried very hard to build a house for God, “What house can you build for me?

Where is the place of my rest?” He notes how often people forget that the heavens are “God’s throne” and the earth is “God’s footstool”, that it is God who has made all these things, and that God’s preferred dwelling is “the one with a humble and contrite heart”, the one “who trembles at (God’s) word.” (Isaiah 66:1-2)

When I was a young boy, I remember seeing a movie, a musical entitled OLIVER. It is about an orphan named Oliver, who sometimes longs to see the face of his mother whom he has never met. He looks out of the window at night to wait for the moon to rise and shine in the dark. Then he sings “Where is Love? Does it fall from sky above? Is it underneath the willow tree that I’ve been dreaming of?”

Since we Christians believe that God is Love, perhaps we can change the word “Love” in the song and replace it with “God” and say, as in the second verse of Oliver’s song, “Where is God… whom I close my eyes to see? Will I ever know the sweet hello that’s meant for only me?”

Our first reading ends with a beautiful vision of the coming of God’s dwelling among us. Before he reaches the final chapter of his book, which is the very last book of the Bible, John says In Rev 21, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. God will dwell with them and they will be God’s people and God will always be with them. God will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.” (Rev 21:3-4)

Screenshot 2024-04-26 121114
ads
ads
2
3
4
previous arrow
next arrow

Veritas Editorial

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

President of Radio Veritas

Green Transport

 13,224 total views

 13,224 total views Kapanalig, marami ang nagpapasalamat ngayon na may opsyon na tayong maka-work from home. Ang public transport sa ating mga syudad ngayon ay lubhang malupit na, lalo para sa mga maralitang Pilipino. Dahil sa iba iba ang uri ng ating kabuhayan, marami pa rin sa atin ang no choice – kapit patalim, kapit tuko

Read More »

Inclusive Education

 19,197 total views

 19,197 total views Kapanalig, isa sa mga senyales na maganda ang kalidad ng edukasyon sa isang lipunan ay ang pagiging inclusive o mapagbilang nito – yung lahat ay may ready access kahit saan man siya nandoon, kahit ano pang kasarian niya, at kakayahan. Kasama dito, kapanalig, ang access ng mga vulnerable populations at disabled people. Kung

Read More »

Sports at Kabataan

 24,952 total views

 24,952 total views Kapanalig, katatapos lamang ng Palarong Pambansa – isang national activity, na sana’y lagi nating nabibigyan ng suporta. Malaking bagay ito, hindi lamang para sa mga kabataan, kundi para sa nation building at national pride. Kailangang manatiling malaki at mahalaga ang papel ng sports sa buhay ng kabataan sa sa ating bansa. Unang una,

Read More »

Responsableng kasiyahan

 32,215 total views

 32,215 total views Mga Kapanalig, humupa na ang kontrobersyal na pagdiriwang ng tinatawag na “Wattah Wattah Festival” sa Lungsod ng San Juan.  Halos isang buwan na rin ang nakalipas nang ipagdiwang ito ng mga kababayan natin sa San Juan. Kasama sa tradisyon tuwing sumasapit ang kapistahan ni San Juan Bautista ang basaan ng mga namimiyesta. Iyon

Read More »

Kalidad ng pagtuturo

 40,199 total views

 40,199 total views Mga Kapanalig, itinalaga na ni Pangulong Bongbong Marcos, Jr si Senador Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara bilang bagong kalihim o secretary ng Department of Education kapalit ni Vice President Sara Duterte. Sa isang editoryal, binanggit natin ang kahilingan ng ilang grupo ng mga guro na sana, ang bagong kalihim ng DepEd ay isang educator

Read More »
catholink
Shadow
truthshop
Shadow

Related Story

Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

REVELATION TO THE CHILDLIKE

 768 total views

 768 total views Homily for Wed of the 15th Wk in OT, 17 July 2024, Isa 10:5-7, 13b-16; Mt 11:25-27 Our first reading today is a grim warning to modern-day world powers who bully their neighbors. It is a good reminder for nations that have become economically prosperous and militarily powerful to the point of throwing

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

APOSTOL, SUGO, KINATAWAN

 770 total views

 770 total views Homiliya Para sa Ika-15 Linggo ng Karaniwang Panahon, 16 Hulyo 2024, Markos 6:7-13 Nais ko sana na itutok natin ang ating pagninilay sa araw na ito sa kahulugan ng pagiging “apostol”. Alam ko na ang karaniwang iniuugnay natin sa salitang “apostol” ay ang 12 lalaki na pinili ni Hesus mula sa kanyang mga

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

BUEN CAMINO

 3,524 total views

 3,524 total views Homiliya para sa Huwebes, 11 Hulyo 2024, Paggunita kay San Benito, Mt 10:7-15 Noong nakaraang Martes, nag-bonding kami ng kapatid kong panganay. Umabot ng tatlong oras ang tanghalian namin dahil nagkuwento siya tungkol sa naranasan niyang paglalakad sa camino ng Compostela nitong nakaraang buwan. Biro niyo, sa edad na 78 ay naglakad siya

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

IN JESUS’ NAME

 7,939 total views

 7,939 total views Homily for Wed of the 13th Wk in Ordinary Time, 10 July 2024, 18th Episcopal Ordination Anniversary, Mk 10:1-7 On Thursday last week, the final day of the annual retreat of the CBCP, we has as main presider at the Eucharistic Celebration the Secretary of the Holy See’s Relations with States, Abp. Paul

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

KATATAGAN

 3,265 total views

 3,265 total views Homiliya para sa Huwebes sa Ikalabindalawang Linggo ng Karaniwang Panahon, 27 Hunyo 2024, Mat 7:21-29 “Malapit na ang giyera!” Ito ang babala ng mga propeta sa Jerusalem. Pero walang sumiryoso sa babala nila. Hanggang minsan isang araw bigla na lang nagkatotoo. Ang katuparan ng malagim na hula ay ang malungkot na kuwentong narinig

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

THE HEART AND THE EYE

 3,788 total views

 3,788 total views Homily for Friday of the 11th Wk in Ordinary Time, 21 June 2024, Mt 6:19-23 Today’s Gospel makes me understand the expression, “His heart is in the right place.” The idiom is understood to mean “He has good intentions despite his flaws and mistakes.” Or “He has shortcomings but he is sincere and

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

GOD THE FARMER

 5,287 total views

 5,287 total views Homiliya para sa Ika-11 Linggo ng Karaniwang Panahon, 16 Hunyo 2024, Mk 4:26-34 Dalawang punto lang ang mungkahi kong pagnilayan natin tungkol sa mga talinghagang narinig natin sa ebanghelyo ngayon. Una, ang Diyos ang magsasaka, ang salita niya ang binhi. Pangalawa, tayo mismo ay para ding mga binhi. Simulan natin sa una. Ang

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

GO OUTSIDE!

 6,131 total views

 6,131 total views Homily for Friday of the 10th Week in Ortdinary Time, 14 June 2024, 1 Kings 19; Mt 5:27-32 Like I told you yesterday, the drama in the life and mission of the prophet Elijah—which has been read from the first book of Kings for the past few days now—continues today with chapter 19.

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

MAGDILANG ANGHEL

 4,386 total views

 4,386 total views Homiliya para sa Misang Paggunita kay San Antonio de Lisbon, 13 Hunyo 2024, Mt 5:20-26 “Magdilang-anghel ka nawa!” Ito ang sinasabi natin sa Pilipino pag may binigkas na hula ang iba na ibig nating magkatotoo. Isang taong may dilang anghel, ito ang turing ng mga taga-Padua kay San Antonio dahil sa tindi ng

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

SAN ANTONIO DE LISBON

 8,599 total views

 8,599 total views Homiliya para sa Bihilya sa Kapistahan ni “San Antonio de Padua,” Miyerkoles sa Ikasampung Linggo ng Karaniwang Panahon, 12 Hunyo 2024, Mat 5, 17-19 Salamat sa Marian pilgrimage ng Kaparian ng Kalookan, bukod sa dalaw namin sa lugar na pinangyarihan ng aparisyon ng Birhen sa Fatima, nakadalaw din kami sa bayan ng ating

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

THE “GOOD MAN”, BARNABAS

 7,831 total views

 7,831 total views Homily for Thursday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time, 11 June 2024, Mat. 10:7-13 Today is the Feast of the Holy Apostle and Martyr, St Barnabas, whom St Luke describes in our first reading today as “a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith”. In one of my past homilies

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

TAHANAN NG PUSO

 12,041 total views

 12,041 total views Homiliya Para sa Ika-10 Linggo ng Karaniwang Panahon, 9 Hunyo 2024, Mk 3:20-35 Ang ating pagninilay sa araw na ito ay tungkol sa pagtatayo ng tahanan, hindi lang bahay. Alam naman natin na hindi lahat ng bahay ay tahanan, di ba? Di ba may kasabihan tayo: “Mabuti na sa akin ang bahay kahit

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

BLOOD AND WATER

 5,489 total views

 5,489 total views BLOOD AND WATER Homily for the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 7 June 2024, Jn 19,31-37 I call the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus a poetic feast about the mystery of the Love of Christ. Saint Paul himself sounds very poetic in our second reading from third chapter of

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

TAO PO (HINDI “TAO LANG PO”)

 5,493 total views

 5,493 total views TAO PO (HINDI “TAO LANG PO”) Homiliya Para sa Huwebes sa Ikasiyam na Linggo ng Karaniwang Panahon, 6 Hunyo 2024, Mk 12,28-34 May kuwento tungkol sa isang pusa na inanod ng agos ng baha at nakakapit sa sanga ng maliit na puno sa gilid ng estero. Nakita daw ito ng dalawang tao. Dahil

Read More »
Bishop Ambo Homilies
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D.

THE ETERNAL NOW

 5,493 total views

 5,493 total views THE ETERNAL NOW Homily for Wed of the 9th Week in Ordinary Time, 5 June 2024, Mk 12,18-27 The question raised in today’s Gospel reminds me of the story of a woman named Sarah in the Old Testament. No, I am not talking about Sarah, the wife of Abraham, but about the Sarah

Read More »

Latest Blogs

Scroll to Top