FR. GERALD MUSA HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 31ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II.
THEME: Wise Use of Money.
BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa.
HOMILY FOR SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5 2022.
A journalist asked a billionaire, how much money does it take to satisfy a person?” The billionaire responded, “Always a little more.” No wonder people jokingly say a person with six children is more satisfied than a person with six million dollars. This is because the person with six million dollars wants more. Naturally, we have an instinct for excess wealth that enables us to obtain properties and live the so-called good life, which is accompanied by pleasure and power. We also tend to place our trust more in money than God. Jesus bluntly speaks against inordinate love for money. He says, “You cannot serve God and money.” No one ever gets satisfied with money. Scriptures say: “Whoever loves money, never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income” (Ecclesiastes 5:10).
Jesus does not condemn wealth but sees it as a source of distraction. However, we can use money wisely to carry out charitable works and to support the work of evangelization. We can also use our wealth in supporting projects for the common good of people such as the construction of hospitals and care of the sick; building of schools and funding the education of the poorest of the poor; bailing prisoners and those awaiting trial who are languishing in jail; supporting the building and maintaining places of worship. What is our attitude towards money and do we use our money wisely to support people in need?
Luke 16:9-15; Saturday,
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