Homily for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: The sin against charity
By: Fr. Cyril Unachukwu CCE
Homily for Sunday September 29 2019
What would life look like without the existence of that person close to you? I mean your parents and siblings; your next door neighbor, those you meet on the streets, those who assist you with one thing or the other? Thank God for the gift of all those around me because they make life meaningful and worth living. May God bless them all abundantly; Amen.
The author of ‘Black Blood’ wrote a beautiful line that says; “the opposite of love is not hate. It is indifference.” To be indifferent is not to care; to feel less concerned, to be uninterested and apathetic over the condition of those around you; whether the condition is positive or negative. Indifference is a breach of our vocation to love and mutual existence and support. Indifference is a sin against charity. Indeed, it is a sin against God.
This was the sin of the rich man in the Gospel Reading of today (Luke 16:19-31). In his abundance, he felt less concerned about the plight of the poor man (Lazarus) at his gate. His indifferent heart brought him so low that the Gospel praised and preferred the action of a common dog to this rich fellow. These dogs licked the sores of this poor man. This singular act of the dog is medicinal; because the saliva of dogs is believed to contain elements that both sterilize the action of micro-organisms on open wounds and speed up its healing process. These dogs became doctors and attendants to this poor man whereas the rich man was carried away by comfort that he became indifferent.
It is easy to throw stones at this rich man and forget that in many ways, we are also victims of this sin. We are guilty of this sin against most people who are staying with us, who work for us and who even sacrifice their time and energy to add to our comfort.
St. Paul calls us in the Second Reading (I Tim 6:11-16) to aim to be saintly and religious, filled with faith and love, patient and gentle. To fight the good fight of faith and win for yourself the eternal life to which you were called. It was the sin of indifference that robbed the rich man of all these eternal virtues. Let us wake up and fight this sin that is trying to destroy the fulcrum of our co-existence. Our society needs spiritual soldiers, equipped with the necessary war gadgets of love, care, mutual support and concern to win this war against the sin of indifference.
May God embellish our hearts with love that opens our arms to all those around us; Amen. Happy Sunday; Fr. Cyril CCE