HOMILY FOR THE 25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C
THEME: The business of serving God!
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
HOMILY FOR SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18 2022
Amos 8:4-7; 1Tim.2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13
If only we take serving God as seriously as we take our worldly affairs, I’m positive that all of us will make heaven. The gospel reading of today does not give us a story of saints; it is rather a story of ‘rascals’, who understand the core ‘values’ of their trade. The steward is busy embezzling his master’s property. When he is called to account, he falsifies the records to win friends. Then the master himself, instead of condemning his steward, praises him for his business sense.
Luke draws four lessons from this passage; the sons of this world are wiser than the sons of light, money can be used to win friends, faithfulness in small tasks guarantees greater responsibilities, and we can’t serve God and material possessions at the same time. Friends, the prophet Amos reminds us in the first reading that cutting corners will always be punished. Rather than use people to make profit, why not rather invest in justice, peace, and make life bearable for the poor and needy? Since we all have only One God, why not focus more on the business of lifting up Holy hands in supplications for one another, without anger or quarreling?
Good morning dear. Happy Sunday!