YEAR A: HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 31ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: BE SHREWD IN YOUR PURSUIT OF HEAVEN
BY: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
HOMILY: READINGS: ROMANS 15:14-21, PSALM 98, LUKE 16:1-8
Friends in the Lord, what would the world be like without God? If there is no God, I imagine the world in a chaotic state, for everything will be permitted. People without God substitute anything for the Supreme Being. In effect dear friends, they make themselves their God and indulge only in earthly things. This is the kind of attitude the steward in our gospel passage Luke 16:1-8 embraced; he was crooked, corrupt, unaccountable, a rogue, and one who followed a career of embezzlement. We may struggle to avoid his way.
He represents all the public holders of our day who are terribly corrupt and trade only the ugly path embezzlement and mismanagement and unaccountability. He sure represent the ungrateful politicians all those opportune to rule, those whom the public entrusts their common good, and instead of nurturing it and making it fruitful and beneficial to all; have decided to be ‘architects of failure and mischief’. This dubious guy stands for those who use their ingenuity today to orchestrate evil; he is surely the patron of the many cheats and crooks we have around today in our public offices. They are the reason our world is impoverished this much. Those who owed the master and could not pay only to follow the steward’s path of vice represent the many accomplices we have in our world today. They are the ‘permanent secretaries, contractors, advisors, treasures,’ etc. who help their bosses steal public wealth or cooperate in misplacing same. They are the greedy ones who would never pay the debts they owe.
May we strive by all means not to let the things of the world obscure our path to eternity but use them as ladder rungs, enhancing our steady climb towards heaven. Jesus would want us to apply the same amount of energy and ingenuity we use in pursuing earthly glories (which will pass away) into our search for the kingdom. Jesus aware of all these, used this parable Luke 16:1-8, challenging us to use our wealth to seek heaven through charity.
USE YOUR WEALTH TO FEED AND EDUCATE THE POOR