Homily for Monday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: Appearance is Not Reality
By: Fr. Evaristus Abu
Homily for Monday November 25 2019
(Bible Study: Daniel 1:1-20, Psalm (Dan.3) and Luke 21:1-4)
“Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king’s rich food be observed by you, and according to what you see deal with your servants.” (Dan 1:12-13)
When it comes to serving God, we must be willing to go the extra mile, even deny ourselves of certain worldly “privileges” to truly give God his rightful place in our lives. In our first reading this morning, we see how Daniel, Hanahiah, Misheal and Azariah went the extra mile by denying themselves of the so-called rich food of the king as a way of giving God his rightful honour.
Their decision to abstain from the king’s food obviously seemed like punishment but in the end, they looked better fed and more nourished than the rest of the selected young men.
Dear friends, let us take some moments to reflect on those things which the world counts as enjoyment, but are clearly against the commandments of God. For instance, telling of lies to outsmart others, fornication, malice, worship of money, adultery, stealing, indecent dressing, taking of bribes, gossiping and so on.
There are so many evils today which have somehow become “normal” and “acceptable” in our society to the extent that when we do not partake of such, we are made to look inferior, outcast and alien among our peers.
Do not be moved by appearance. Don’t get carried away by those who commit sin in the name of “living life to the fullest” or “having the best of one’s youthful days.” Learn from the Daniel experience, give God His due and God will take care of you. You will enjoy greater happiness than those who think they are enjoying now.
In our Gospel passage, Jesus again pointed out the difference between appearance and reality. A woman put in two copper coins into the treasury which appeared like the smallest contribution anybody would make, yet it so happened that her offertory was the greatest among all those who gave. This is because, in comparison with what the woman had, she had given God more than anyone else.
This woman’s contribution can be likened to the act of Daniel and his colleagues. Just as they denied themselves of the king’s food, this woman denied herself of all the money she had trusting that God will provide for her. Do I have this level of trust in God? Am I willing to let go of what I have knowing that God does not disappoint those who place their trust in Him?
Secondly, this woman did not give based on what others were giving. She gave from her heart and according to her faith. Jesus took notice of her offering and was moved. Do not be so concerned about what people think, rather strive to please God by all means. God does not see things as humans do. Anyone would have laughed at this woman for giving such a small offering but in the eyes of God, it was such a huge sacrifice.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, I put my trust in you. May I never be disappointed. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Monday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: Daniel 1:1-20, Psalm (Dan.3) and Luke 21:1-4).