HOMILY FOR TUESDAY TWENTIETH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR 1 (17/8/2021)

HOMILY FOR TUESDAY TWENTIETH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR 1 (17/8/2021)

Judges 6:11-24; Psalm 85; Matthew 19:23-30

 

Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” This does not mean that the rich are cursed neither does it mean that the poor are saved. Both poverty and riches are vanities. This gospel is an invitation to live a simple and a humble life irrespective of your finacial status. There are many wealthy people who are very humble. We equally have many poor persons who are full of themselves. We have others who are poor but with a wrong attitude towards money. Then we have the rich who blow their trumpet. A true christian remains a christian irrespective of his or her financial status. Let us have a balanced attitude towards wealth so that we don’t miss our ultimate goal in life. Like Gideon in the first reading, if we are humble and simple God will transform us.

 

LET US PRAY

Lord Jesus, when you walked the earth, your humility and simplicity obscured your Kingship. Your meekness confused the arrogant, hindering them from grasping your purpose. Teach me to model after your eminence, to subject my human nature to humility and simplicity. Banish all lingering sparks of self-importance that could elevate me greater than you. Let my heart always imitate your humility. Amen.

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Fr. Daniel Evbotokhai is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria. He was ordained October 20th, 2018. He offers his daily homilies, talks and articles that bother on, faith, theology, morals and many other burning issues in religion and politics. Fr. Daniel writes poems, inspirational quotes and clips.

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