Homily for Monday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Act of good works
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Monday November 4 2019
(Lk. 14:12-14) Monday of the Thirty First Week in Ordinary Time.
In today’s Gospel Jesus gave His observation and teachings on doing good works through the parable of the lunch or dinner invitation. The practice was to invite those who are capable of inviting us back. Not for Jesus. Here, He took the opportunity to tell them invite those who had no capacity to pay back instead. Service to neighbor should not be driven by what we will get in return but by helping ease the burden of our neighbor. Much more, be letting God respond to our graciousness. As we know, God cannot be outdone in generosity.
To achieve Jesus’ teaching, we ought to come from the position of gratitude. Our act of helping our neighbor is more an effect than a cause or gratitude than assistance. God gave us everything we have. We owe everything to Him. When we use them to help our neighbor, we are merely fulfilling the task of the gift we received. Inspired by being graced, we share that grace to others. If there are expressions of gratitude for what we had done, whether in words, deeds, or material things, we humble accept them. But they are not necessary for us to help. Our actions are expressions of our thanksgiving. In that case, we do not expect anything in return.
Just be aware that pride does not form part of our unconditional act. Appearing like you had serve unselfishly may attract adulations and recognitions. It can at times be intoxicating and inebriating. When we are lifted up, we may want to stay up and aspire for more. It is similar to the Transfiguration experience of Peter, James, and John. They suggested to Jesus for them to just stay on the mountain thus abandoning their homes, families, land, and livelihood.
Finally, do not be afraid that your efforts of goodness will be without value. God sees everything we do. We may not have the recognition we prefer in this life time, it will certainly be rewarded in the “resurrection of the just.”