HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 31ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A
THEME: SAINT OF THE DAY – Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop.
By: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
READINGS OF THE DAY
THEME OF THE HOMILY
Use money, tainted as it is, to win you friends.
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate Saturday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time, Year A.
FROM OUR FIRST RESDING
In our first reading today, we heard of the Apostle Paul highlighting and introducing everyone who had been working and ministering to the people of God with him, and this shows us how following the Lord is truly one of a collective effort, and our faith is not merely just a personal one between each one of us and God, but rather, we are all part of a community of believers, living and vibrantly growing in faith together in God. All of us as Christians are part of the same Church, the same united Body of Christ, and we are all called to holiness together in God, sharing in the same truth and Good News of God, receiving the fullness of His love and grace together as a community of believers.
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FROM OUR GOSPEL READING
In our Gospel passage today, we heard of the continuation of this discourse about the parable if the dishonest servant, in which the Lord explained to all of the people listening to Him the meaning of the parable and its significance. He told them all that ultimately, we must not allow ourselves to be swayed by the temptations of money, wealth and worldly possessions. All those things will likely pull us away from the path of God and His salvation. The Lord Jesus also said it plainly that one cannot be servant of both God and money, as in the end, one will grow more in love with one of them, and despise the other. This is why, the actions of the dishonest steward was highlighted in reminding everyone that the love for money and worldly possessions is bound to lead one to do what is evil and wicked in the sight of God.
Dear brethrens, the Lord wants everyone to take note that we all should always be ready and be prepared for what is to come for us, and therefore, we have to be astute and mindful, of everything that we do in life, so that we do not end up doing what is wicked, unworthy and sinful before God. Instead, we are all called to live our lives ever more worthily, dedicating ourselves in each and every moments, in the path that God has shown and taught us all, in doing His will, obeying His Law and commandments. All of us have been given the opportunities, the gifts and blessings, the graces in this life to do what we can, in walking down the path of righteousness, or we can choose to disobey Him and walk down the path of evil instead. The choice is truly ours to make.
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