Homily for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: Be prepared always
By: Fr. Omolo Joachim
Homily for Sunday August 11 2019
The first reading is taken from the Book of Wisdom 18:6-9 and refers to the events of the Exodus, in which God showed his mighty power to save his chosen ones from their cruel enemies. The book is addressed to the rulers of the earth, urging them to love righteousness and seek wisdom.
The suffering of the righteous will be rewarded with immortality, while the wicked will end miserably. The unrighteous are doomed because they do not know God’s purpose, but the righteous will judge the unrighteous in God’s presence.
God’s wisdom for young people is found in the Book of Wisdom. “My son, hears the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother.” (Proverbs 1:8.) Children who do not listen to their parents bring misery to themselves and to their parents.
“My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.” (Proverbs 1:10.). Through receiving God’s word and treasuring His commandments you receive both wisdom and understanding.
Obedience to God is a lesson young people should learn early in life. God blesses the obedient and punishes the disobedient. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” (Proverbs 20:1.) Alcohol and other drugs are working havoc among our young. Let all refuse that which destroys internally, externally and eternally.
Your honesty and integrity will give you a “good name”. Do nothing to destroy that name – work hard, pay your debts, be fair, be real!
“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.” (Proverbs 25:28.) Young people, please hear me! If you do not control your spirit – temper, actions, thoughts…etc. it will lead to your ruin.
Youth is the time our service to God should begin. Young people should believe, repent and be baptized into Christ. (Acts 2:38, Mark 16:15-16.) Young people should use their energies for God and not for Satan. Remember, the old must die and the young do die, so get ready!
The second reading is from St. Paul to the Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-11 and gives a definition of the virtue of faith, and an example of true faith as it can be seen to be active in Abraham and Sarah.
Faith is when you hold something to be true based on the testimony of God. Faith is therefore the virtue that enables us to add heavenly information to our knowledge – we can know what God knows – and this information radically changes our lives.
We can open ourselves to the gift of faith through right action—through, for instance, the practice of the cardinal virtues and the exercise of right reason—but without the action of God, faith will never come to reside in our soul.
Four virtues play a pivotal role and accordingly are called “cardinal”; all the others are grouped around them. They are: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.
Prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it; he prudent man looks where he is going.
Justice is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor. Justice toward God is called the “virtue of religion.” Justice toward men disposes one to respect the rights of each and to establish in human relationships the harmony that promotes equity with regard to persons and to the common good.
The just man, often mentioned in the Sacred Scriptures, is distinguished by habitual right thinking and the uprightness of his conduct toward his neighbor. “You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.”
Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life.
The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. It disposes one even to renounce and sacrifice his life in defense of a just cause.
Temperance is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods. It ensures the will’s mastery over instincts and keeps desires within the limits of what is honorable.
The temperate person directs the sensitive appetites toward what is good and maintains a healthy discretion: “Do not follow your inclination and strength, walking according to the desires of your heart.
The Gospel is from St. Luke 12:32-48. “Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit: be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks.
Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?” And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and prudent manager whom his master will put in charge of his slaves, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives.