The Homily of Father Jose
September 18, 2022 - Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Take Care of God’s Gifts
St. Luke gives us a parable about squandering God’s gifts. The steward of today’s parable squanders the possessions of the master. The Master dismisses him from his job. He was dishonest. Again he did dishonest acts. He called his master’s debtors one by one and reduced the debt. Some he even wrote off the debts. He lost the favor from his master. So he wanted to get favors from his debtors.
“Measure twice, cut once.” This is the golden rule for carpenters. For financial advisors it is “A penny saved is a penny earned.” For Christians it is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” These sayings help us think and act wisely. We should not be afraid to use our earthly wealth creatively, generously and determinedly to help us build up our heavenly treasures. Why? Because one day our earthly treasures will fail, so if we use our wealth helping others we will be welcomed into heaven.
Also we need to turn our other favors of “wealth” into heavenly treasures, like serving in our parish, reaching out to the poor, or spending time with our lonely neighbor. God is too generous with us but we are not. Let us love and serve God through our generous works for Him. Take care of our Church – the house of God with a sincere heart.
“Jesus, show us how we can use our earthly treasures in a way that glorifies You. We want to trade them all in, Lord, for Your heavenly treasures.”