YEAR A: HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 20TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: Some are so poor that all they have is money!
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese).
Friday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time. Ruth 1:1-22; Matt. 22:34-40
I can’t remember where I saw this inscription. But thinking about it led me to the conclusion that it’s so true. Come to think of it, why would anyone want to be poor? I don’t want to be poor, neither do you. But sometimes, our way of life, our culture demands that we make a decision to be ‘poor’, not because we love poverty, but so that someone somewhere can have that which would have made us very comfortable. Now, there are those who tell us that poverty is a curse, that’s it’s a sign that God has not blessed us, and blah blah blah. This perspective comes from a shallow understanding of scripture, and God’s nature.
Why would I rejoice in having a multi million dollar house or car, when there are many who can’t even afford a meal? Why should I have millions stacked in banks when many have nothing to live on? Is this my idea of being rich? This is poverty! Don’t remain poor. Give out that money that you may find true riches. Ruth could have left Naomi, in search of a better life, after her husband died. But she stayed put, ready to suffer with her mother in law; ready to continue in her love and service. The gospel reading of today tells us that love of God is the greatest commandment, followed by love of neighbour. Friends, the more we love God, the more we come to realise that He does not want us to be “rich”. He wants us to voluntarily “choose” poverty for love of Him and our neighbours.
Good morning friends, God bless your weekend.