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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Monday of the 31st Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November 5, 2018

Monday of the 31st Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Phil 2: 1-4

Gospel LK 14:12-14


On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees. He said to the host who invited him, "When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;  blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

 

 Without Expecting Results

 

Once a lady was trying to help out a crab that had fallen into a small pit. The lady extended her hand to help the crab. Each time she offered her hand, the crab bit her hands by clasping with its powerful jaws. It was really a painful experience for the lady, receiving bites in each of her effort to help the crab. One onlooker who was watching all this asked the lady, “why you want simply hurt yourself? Leave the crab to its fate!” But the lady answered, “It is quite natural for the crab to bite, but my duty being human is to help that crab to get out of the pit.”


A perfect example for Nishkamakarma. Do the actions without expecting anything in return! Your reward will be great in heaven, assures Jesus!


But How many of us will take these messages? The new age wants everything in limelight. Even the charity is proclaimed from the housetops. Two days back I happened to read a small report on Bollywood heroes and heroines who are competing in doing charity works. But the saddest part is that they are doing these acts not just mere out of compassion for the poor, but for tax evasion as well as for more publicity stunts! What a pity! Where is Nishkama-karma?


Jesus is announcing again, “Do good expecting nothing in return and you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous! Hey! Are there any takers??


FR. SEBY PALLISSERY CMI


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