HOMILY FOR 31ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME [YEAR A]
THEME: “All their works are performed to be seen”
By: Fr. Justus Oruma
(a) All their works are performed to be seen, to be praised and honored. They loved to be seen parading in marketplaces and greeted with big names, and would prefer only to sit in the places of honor in the Temples. These were the behaviours of the Pharisees.
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(b) The part that has caught our time deeply, both individuals and government is; “All their works are performed to be seen”. A lot of pharisees on the Internet, performing “charity”, broadcasting “palliatives and give aways” online, so as to be seen, praised and honored ” -All their works are performed to be seen, but offline, not even the charity of giving bread to the hungry brother or sister is done because there are no people there to see and praise them- everything sounding artificial and superficial.
(c) If people see us do good works and praise us. It is good example to them and an honor. Our good works shines out. But it becomes pharisaism when the aim of doing good is to be seen by people so as to be honored and applauded by them. People praise you today and criticize you for same thing next day. By this Jesus said, “they have had their reward” and what is this reward compared to the inward grace of God and fulfillment. We are to do good, not so as to be seen by men but because it is good to be good and conscious of the fact that God sees at all times. Do not be disappointed if no one praises you for your good works for the praise of men is not the aim of good works.
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