HOMILY FOR SATURDAY 31ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME -YEAR A
THEME: Memorial of St. Martin of Tours, Bishop
By: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
The money factor!
Rom.16:3-9,16,22-27; Luke 16:9-15.
Do you know anyone who can’t part with money, or even his/her time? It will be difficult for that person to make heaven. Period! Money truly belongs to no one. It doesn’t matter how much we’ve struggled to get it. When money does not change hands, when it does not ease suffering, when it does not leave our store houses to make things better for our neighbours – our communities; ourselves; it’s useless. We must not let our attachment to money be greater than our love for God or neighbour.
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Friends, though people may envy our wealth, that same wealth may have become our only god. This is why Jesus Christ specifically warns us against Mammon, saying: “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Perhaps the most popular story about St Martin of Tours is how he gave half of his military cloak to a beggar while he was still a soldier in Amiens. He later had a dream in which the beggar revealed himself to be Christ. Perhaps this vision was part of what aided Martin’s transition from being a soldier to a hermit, and then a monk, before being ordained a priest, and later a Bishop. Martin was detached and compassionate, especially to the poor. Can we try to be more like him?
Good morning dear. Have a lovely weekend. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us! St Martin of Tours, pray for us!
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