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Homilies :: Latin Rite
THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Download This Homily

Prv 31: 10-13. 19-20. 30-31

 Ps 128: 1-2. 3. 4-5

1 Thes 5: 1-6

 Mt 25: 14-30

 

We often get to hear students narrating stories about certain teachers, who refuse to share their knowledge with them in the school, but leave them with sufficient hints that they are welcome to attend private tuition sessions with them. In such tuition sessions, which are a lucrative business  these same teachers emerge as excellent gurus.


We come across government servants, who are absolutely loathsome in their duty, yet impress us with their efficiency and commitment in their private jobs after retirement.

What is there in it for me? Are there ways available right now to get me more? Questions like these in our mind are perennial temptations we live with.


‘We are people who belong to the light, who belong to the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness,’ says Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians (I Thes. 5:5) we listened to today.


How do people in the light behave? In the story we heard from Jesus, we have two evident examples of the people of light – the one who labours with the five thousand gold coins and multiplies them two-fold and the one who labours with the two thousand he received from his master and similarly manages a two-fold multiplication.

What is to be kept clearly in our mind is that these people were servants of their landlord and were not entitled to do business for private profits. Yet they gave their all into the task – creativity, initiative, imagination and hard labour, clearly knowing that any profit would only add to the wealth of their landlord. They were people who gave with joy and found the joy of giving itself as their greatest reward. People of light who lightened up the world around them! And, for them, a still greater reward followed: ‘Come and share my happiness,’ said their master. It was an invitation to share his fortunes.


People of light think beyond themselves, wish well for the world beyond their’s and invest their time and labour for that.


If I have come to a stage in life where I am happy, if my family has made advances, if our world has progressed over the years, it is a definite sign that there have been people, millions of them, who have thought beyond their world of narrow interests. That is an invitation to be grateful in life and to be generous as a return gift.


People of the night and darkness, on the other hand, cannot see beyond their selfish interests. Even what is freely given to them as gifts only increases their tendency to grab and possess. The more in hands do not make them more in heart. Rather than becoming generous and grateful, they grow more self-seeking and burning with desire for more.


King Solomon of the Old Testament (I Kings) is a classical example. As the king of Israel, he had started off well. God was the centre of his life and he relied on Him completely. Very pleased, God asks him, ‘What would you like me to give you?’ He asked nothing for himself, no long life, no wealth and no honour, but requested the gift of wisdom to rule his people justly. He was certainly a man with dreams and plans beyond his selfish world. The request left God very impressed. He gave him not only the wisdom he asked for, but also more wealth and honour than any other king in the world.


But slowly, Solomon’s interest narrowed down to his own glory and pleasures. He married seven hundred princesses and kept three hundred concubines, many of whom were from outside the People of God in clear violation of God’s command; to please his foreign wives he offered worship to their gods; he acted petty with his friend in need King Hiram repaying Hiram’s generosity with his miserliness.


Solomon forgot that he had reached the top of worldly wealth and glory not due to his merit but due to God’s generosity and faithfulness to His promise to Solomon’s father David. From God’s generosity, Solomon received in overflowing measure. Although his treasure house overflowed with money and gold and his kingdom and even surrounding kingdoms overflowed with his fame, his heart did not overflow with justice and care for his people. As a result, God is forced to withdraw his favour.


Biblical wisdom teaches us that for a person of faith in God, the real place to invest one’s love and energy is God and one’s fellow-men. It brings rich dividends for oneself.

The third person in the Gospel story has a life-lesson for us too. Our achievements in life will be just as big as our attitudes in life. If I am a positive and optimistic person in life, my mind will breed creative energy in all spheres. That will definitely bring me success. Watch the man in the story. He suffered from a negative attitude. He was a man of endless complaints. Hear what he confesses to his master: ‘I know you are a hard man; you reap harvest where you did not sow … so I was afraid.’ As a result he felt insecure in life, always looking for a place to hide himself and to hide his little treasure.


We could make this Sunday a great day in our life by making two resolutions:

  1. I will trust in St Paul’s words, “For a person who believes in the Lord, everything will turn out to be a blessing.” So I will put my trust in the Lord and become a happy and optimistic person in life.

  2. I will invest my trust in the Lord and my time and care in my sisters and brothers. Let my world grow beyond me and my family.

May God bless us all! Amen!


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May God Bless you

Fr. James M L CMI

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