HOMILY FOR THE 26TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C







HOMILY FOR THE 26TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C

SUNDAY HOMILY THEME: LAZARUS AND THE RICH MAN

BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon

 

HOMILY: (Lk. 16:19-31) Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s Gospel, Jesus told the story of the rich man and Lazarus. Jesus depicted the great contrast in life between the two. Note too that the rich man was not named while the poor one had “Lazarus” which means, “God is my help!.” However, whatever were their status, both died. The rich man went to the netherworld to suffer while Lazarus went to the bosom of Abraham. A lesson on the belief in life eternal was added but the issue of the fate of the rich man and Lazarus was more central.

The rich man, in spite of having too much was greedy. He would not share to Lazarus any part of what he had. Most probably, when he died, he was still rich. It was this greed which made him unworthy of heaven. On the other hand, Lazarus endured his poverty. He did not give his poverty as a reason to steal or do harm to the rich man just to have something to live. He was even generous enough to let the dog lick his wound. Even in poverty, Lazarus was generous. As a reward, he went to heaven.

Pondo ng Pinoy had this Gospel as its foundation. “Ano mang magaling, kahit maliit, basta’t malimit, patungong langit.” Doing good, no matter how small, as long as regular, leads one to eternal life. It is not the quantity given but the love and care expressed to the other. The goal is to remain good always and to flood the world with goodness.

Big things come from small things. We do not have to be rich to do great things. We only need to work with others and combine what we have and great things will result. If the rich will share their riches with the poor, miracles may happen. I know a lot of poor people who possess a lot of talents. They are willing to work if given the chance. The rich can provide the talents to use those riches to bear much fruit. But if greed will prevail, less to nothing may be accomplished. As the PCP II stated, “Nobody is so rich that he cannot receive. And nobody is so poor that he cannot give.” Goodness is not a monopoly of anyone. Rich or poor, goodness may arise.

The Lord Jesus might have praised the poor for theirs is the Kingdom. But the rich are also blessed when they exercise generosity.

 

HOMILY FOR THE 26TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.

 

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