YEAR C: HOMILY FOR THE 16TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: HOSPITALITY
BY: Fr Emmanuel Nwokeji.
HOMILY: Whatsoever you do the least of my brothers that you do unto me.
When I was hungry you gave me to eat. When I was thirsty you gave me to drink. When I was restless you listened to me. When I was lonely you gave me your love. Seeking for employment you found me a job. When I was happy you shared my joy. Now enter into the home of my Father. I welcome you to this 16th Sunday of Year C in the ordinary time with the above selected lines of hymn 124 in the Catholic hymn book.
Hospitality is the watch word in today’s reading especially in the first reading from Gen.18:1-10 and Gospel of Luke 10:38-42. Hospitality is the relationship between the host and guest, wherein the host receives the guest with good will, entertainment and reception.
Thus, hospitality could be seen in business, school, church, family, peoples etc.
For the interest of our spiritual nourishment, hospitality is was given by Abraham to the strangers which brought forth in his family what was lacking; promise of a son. Abraham’s hospital was in ad rem to the need and necessity of the guests.
Coming to the Gospel, where Martha and Mary welcomed Jesus as their guest. Martha was rebuked by Jesus while Mary was said to have chosen the better part that cannot be taken away from her. Their actions of preparing food for the guest and listening to what the guest came with are both important with regard to hospitality.
Mary was recommended because her own part of hospitality was useful and necessary for Jesus at that crucial moment He was approaching his death. Jesus needs quite time and Mary offered so to him. Every guest has what is more necessary to him or her. Therefore, let us not give according to what we want which might not be necessary and useful to the guest, but according to the need of the guest.
As we consider the need of others before being hospitable to them, may Good News of joy come us and all dear to us.
Happy Sunday! Fr Emmanuel Nwokeji.