Daily homily for Friday of the 24th week in Ordinary Time Cycle I
Theme: For love of money.
By: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
Homily for Friday September 17 2021
1 Tim. 6:2-12; Luke 8: 1-3
Religion today is a money making venture in many circles. Our people want miracles; nay, magic. Hence our preachers have gone crazy. Look around you. People are so gullible, they would believe anything they are told. Some now worship God naked, some eat grass or turn to horses at the command of their pastors. In one extreme case, a particular preacher claimed to have been sent by God to spread divine semen. What? This is what happens when people can’t be content with what they have. The sometimes irrational and absurd demands of the congregation have turned preachers to magicians, liars, stunt masters, native doctors and fraudsters. It’s a shame.
Today, St Paul encourages Timothy to preach truth. We must not twist God’s message for money or fame or power. We brought nothing into this world and we shall go away with nothing. Why all the craze about money? St Paul tells us that those who long to be rich will fall prey to temptation. They get trapped into all sorts of foolish and dangerous ambitions which eventually plunge them into ruin and destruction. The love of money is the root of all evil. Just as Jesus Christ went round the villages, preaching the good news of God, so must we. The intention must never be to make money, or gain cheap popularity. It must be for God’s sake.
Good morning dear. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.