Homily for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Theme: “FOR WHOEVER IS NOT AGAINST US IS WITH US”
By: Fr. Cajetan Anyanwu
Homily for Sunday September 26 2021
This is the 26th Sunday in ordinary time. On this Sunday we are reminded of the generosity of Jesus. Our Lord Jesus does not stop anyone who is faithful, generous and kind. The humility and kindness of Jesus inspire us to follow in his steps. Anyone of any nationality who does the will of God is appreciated by Jesus. Moses also opens our hearts to generosity. His spirit was given generously to the seventy elders who prophesied. Even the two, Eldad and Medad who remained in the camp received the share of the spirit (Nm. 11:25-29). In the same way, anyone who is generous receives blessings. A stingy person is not a good follower of Jesus. This is why he says, “if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.”
In this sense, when Saint James warns the rich (Jas. 5:1-6), he does not mean that to be rich is sinful. He is teaching us the virtues of generosity and humility. A rich person should not worship his/her wealth. Money is good when it is used to help the needy. A generous and charitable person does mighty works in alleviating poverty. A generous person is a good follower of Jesus.
Therefore, the one who helps those who belong to Jesus is not against Jesus. He says: “Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, will surely not lose his reward” (Mk. 9:41). The world today needs those who care for the poor. The rich are blessed when they join in doing the mighty works of charity. Anyone who fears God, helps the poor, is the friend of Jesus. May Jesus bless those who share their wealth generously with those in need, amen. Happy Sunday.
Fr. Cajetan Anyanwu