HOMILY FOR MONDAY DAY OF THE 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A
THEME : The widow’s mite
By: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
READINGS OF THE DAY
Resp Psalm Daniel 3:52-56
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Monday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time, Year A.
FROM OUR FIRST READING
In our first reading today, we heard of the beginning of the story of Daniel and his friends, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, the Israelite exiles in Babylon, who became famed wise men in the court of the then king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar. Contextually, at that time, the Babylonians had just subdued the kingdom of Judah, and conquered it, bringing many of its people, especially the younger ones to the land of Babylon, as exiles and slaves. Daniel and his friends were uprooted from the lands of their forefathers and brought to the distant land of Babylon, where they were chosen to be the servants of the king of Babylon.
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FROM OUR GOSPEL READING
In our Gospel passage today, we heard of the account when our Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples were at the Temple of Jerusalem, and saw how the rich people were giving their donations and offerings, and how a poor widow who was also there, also offered two small copper coins. The Lord praised the deep faith of the old widow, and how she had entrusted so much to the Lord, that she gave even from her own poverty. This is a reminder for each and every one of us that we all should truly be filled with faith in God, and persevere as always in the path that God has shown us.
Dear friends in Christ, our Lord was not against the rich or being biased against those who have been blessed with more, lest we misunderstand His intentions. He wanted to highlight that regardless how much we have been blessed with, we should always put our focus and emphasis on the Lord, and the more we have been given and blessed with, we should be even more generous in giving and sharing with others all around us the blessings and joys that we have enjoyed and received. However, more often than not, we end up spending much of our time in trying to gain more for ourselves the comforts, pleasures and the wonders of this world, as we become attached to many temptations and pursuits present in this world.
BLESSINGS OF THE NEW WEEK
May the Lord our loving God and Master continue to help and guide us in our journey throughout our lives, so that by His strength and encouragement, all of us may continue to do our best to be great examples and role models. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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