HOMILY FOR THE THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A (11)







HOMILY FOR THE THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A.

HOMILY THEME: CALLED TO BE TALENTED AND CREATIVE

BY: Fr. Cosmas Ukadike

HOMILY:
Dear friends, Gods word challenges us today to be creative with our God-given talents especially in these last days as we seek to love him and do his will.

Last week we were urged to love and seek wisdom, and to allow our thoughts and actions be guided by the wisdom of God. Today in the first reading, Gods word speaks to us about the attributes and dealings of a virtuous woman:
A capable wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She…works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from far away. She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and tasks for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard…She perceives that her merchandise is profitable (Prov 31, 10-13). The emphasis on these attributes of a virtuous woman can be linked to the five wise virgins who went prepared to meet with the bridegroom as presented to us in last Sundays Gospel (Matt 25, 1-13).

And even beyond that, a woman is considered as a home builder and at the same time as one who stabilizes the family. She does it by putting to use her God given talents and strengths in a very creative and dynamic manner; “she considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard” (Prov 31, 16).

She is not like the slave in the Gospel whom Jesus told us that went to bury the precious talent he was given in the ground, instead of been creative and productive with it (Matt 25, 18).

We are therefore called to be faithful in things, even when they seem little to us, especially if they are responsibilities entrusted to our care. Like the disappointment expressed today by Jesus in the Gospel, we are not meant to be lazy and wicked as the slave with the one talent, rather, the slaves with the two and five talents are to inspire us with their ingenuity and creativity.

St Paul reminds us that surely, the day of the Lord will come, that is the day we shall render our accounts to the Lord and so we must avoid falling asleep (1 Thess 5:1-6). Avoid idleness and laziness.

Let us arise and put to good use the strength and talents which God has endowed us with and he will richly bless us with the desires of our heart.

Happy Sunday
Have a blessed week.

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