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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Monday of the 34th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November 26, 2018

Monday of the 34th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Revelation 14:1-5

Psalm 24:1-6

 Gospel LK 21:1-4


When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, "I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood."

 

 Sacrificial Giving

 

The Book of Revelation speaks of a new heaven and a new earth (Rev 21:1). To belong to this new heaven and new earth, we need to cultivate an attitude of giving as the poor widow in the Gospel. Jesus contrasts the rich with the poor in giving. The poor widow gave only a very small offering. The rich gave much more than the widow but Jesus praises the widow and says, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on" (21:3-4). What matters to Jesus is not giving but the motivation and the sacrifice involved in it. The question is not how much but why? Why do we need to give others what we have? It is an acknowledgment that what I am and what I have is from God. St. Paul asks, “What have you that you have not received? And if you received it, why are you proud, as if you did not receive it?” (1Cor 4:7). Everything that we have in life is a gift of God including our life. Every gift is meant to be shared.


Khalil Gibran says, “To give is very much in the nature of beings, and not to give is to perish”.  A cat has to necessarily feed its kitten, for not to feed is to invite disaster by holding up milk in its breast. Giving should become part of our nature. Everything that God has created in the universe has a purpose. The purpose is to move towards the creator by giving or sharing itself with others. There is a saying in Sanskrit:


Paropakaraya Falanthi Vrushaka,


Paropakarays duhanthi gavaha,


Paropakaraya bhahanthi Nathaha,


Paropakararth idam shariram.


The tree gives its fruits for others, the cow gives its milk for others, the river flows by giving life to others, and the human body is also meant for others. The whole creation follows the purpose of God by giving but only human beings sometimes rebel against this rhythm of the universe because of the gift of freedom. Therefore, human beings have to consciously cultivate an attitude of giving and make it part of daily life.


We could think of giving to others at least three important things of our life: time, talents and treasure. We can share with others a smile, a kind gesture, a helping hand, a listening mind, a loving heart, an inspiring word and so on. In giving we cannot compare ourselves with others. We are called to give proportionate to what we have received from God. St Paul encourages us to give generously. The reason is, “He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.... God loves a cheerful giver and God is able to fill you with every good thing...” (2Cor.  9: 6-8).  Let us be generous with others as God is generous with us.It has been said that “giving comes not from a big purse but from a great heart.” It is true of the widow in the gospel. Let us pray to have a great heart, a generous heart to give others so that we may belong to the new heaven and new earth.


Fr. Davis Varayilan CMI


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