Tag: homily

Foolishness Versus Wisdom 

Foolishness Versus Wisdom 


*Foolishness versus Wisdom*

(Homily for August 31, 2018).
_“The word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever, I will thwart” *(1st Corinthians 1:1819).*_
Whenever the scriptures talk about foolishness, it always does so within the context of wisdom. We become wise only when we realize we have been foolish. In the parable of the ten virgins, Jesus is not simply entertaining us with a story, he wants us to examine ourselves, to ask certain questions and to find out where we really belong. 
There were ten maidens, five were foolish and five were wise. The only thing that differentiated the foolish from the wise was the fact that they went along with some extra oil; they didn’t depend only on the oil in their lamps. The question I must ask myself now is: “Where and what constitutes my extra oil?” or better put, “what is that thing I do that will help me get to heaven when everything else fails?”



Coming to our first reading, St. Paul like Jesus, distinguishes between the foolish from the wise using the message of the cross as the yardstick. As a Christian, how do I relate with the message of the cross? St. Paul says, talking about the cross is foolishness to those who are doomed for destruction. Do I laugh at those who are against the Prosperity-Gospel? 
What constitutes a cross for me? Could it even be the case that this cross is the extra oil needed to gain heaven? Have I been resisting the cross (sufferings, sacrifices, discomfort and inconvenience that comes with being steadfast to God)? In other words, am I becoming foolish by seeking a life free from the cross; am I throwing away my extra oil?
I was listening to a radio program some time ago. The presenter asked people to call into the show to say what they would like to collect from their ex-boyfriend/girlfriend or ex-husband/wife. I was particularly touched by a lady who called to say she has nothing to get back because her present relationship was her very first. You needed to hear the reaction of the Radio Presenter who was shocked to find out that a lady of twenty-five had never been in a previous relationship. He was like: “Where have you been? What have you been doing with your life?” 
Our society is fast losing a sense of *moral rectitude*. Standards which hitherto were considered as normal now constitute a cross for those who wish to live by them. In the wave of scandals, satan tries to preach a false gospel – if so and so are doing it, then who are you not to do it? What’s even wrong about it? 

Dear friends, let us never be shaken. Foolishness will never become wisdom no matter how popular it becomes.
Even if you are the only one standing, stand for what is right and true; carry the cross, it’s your extra oil. Don’t be an average Christian, do not act like everyone else. 

Let
us pray: Lord Jesus, increase my wisdom. Amen.

 

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Friday of the 21st week in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: 1 Corinthians 1:17-25, Psalm 33:1-11 and Matthew 25:1-13).*

Fr
. Abu.

Before God, We Are All Equal 

Before God, We Are All Equal 

*Before God, We All are Equal*
(Homily for August 22, 2018).
_“Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you, and go” *(Matthew 20:13-14).*_
In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus tells the parable of the Landowner to further teach us the need to avoid pride in our lives; whether based on our material possessions or our spiritual wealth. Basically, Jesus wants us to know how essentially equal we are before God, our creator.
A landowner recruits people to his vineyard and agrees with each how much he would pay at the end of the day’s work. Each person had the opportunity to bargain for his own pay before they started the work. At the end of the day’s work, everyone got exactly what he bargained for. The problem started when those who had earlier agreed to be paid a denarius in the morning realised that even those who started work in the evening got the same denarius.
That is life for you. Like these workers in the vineyard, what separates us from each other are unimportant factors. There is no need looking down on anyone or taking anyone to be a god because at the end of the day, even if it seems we are better or worse than others now, we are still equal before God. 
Jesus has said it all: “The last will be first, and the first will be last.” The essence of the Christian life is *COLLABORATION, not COMPETITION*. Why engage in a fight with someone who in a few years from now would become dust like you under the ground? What’s the point of boasting or treating people like garbage when we do not know what tomorrow holds? Imagine the workers employed in the morning mocking the ones employed in the evening not knowing they were not going to get a dime extra!
Today, we celebrate a woman whose fear of God brought her great reward. Today’s feast, The Queenship of Mary, is a natural follow-up of her glorious Assumption into heaven; her final reward so to say and the fulfilment of the words of Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom, there will be no end” (Luke 1, verses 31 to 33). 
If Jesus Christ is a king whose reign shall last forever, it follows that Mary His mother is a Queen whose Queenship shall last forever. Like Mary, we all are somehow going to be partakers of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, so far as we endure to the end. 
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, give me the grace to live a collaborative christian life instead of engaging in useless competitions. Amen

 

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Our Lady, Mother and Queen. Bible Study: Ezekiel 34:1-11, Psalm 23:1-6, Matthew 20:1-16).*
Fr. Abu.

Before God, We Are All Equal 

Before God, We Are All Equal 

*Before God, We All are Equal*
(Homily for August 22, 2018).
_“Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you, and go” *(Matthew 20:13-14).*_
In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus tells the parable of the Landowner to further teach us the need to avoid pride in our lives; whether based on our material possessions or our spiritual wealth. Basically, Jesus wants us to know how essentially equal we are before God, our creator.
A landowner recruits people to his vineyard and agrees with each how much he would pay at the end of the day’s work. Each person had the opportunity to bargain for his own pay before they started the work. At the end of the day’s work, everyone got exactly what he bargained for. The problem started when those who had earlier agreed to be paid a denarius in the morning realised that even those who started work in the evening got the same denarius.
That is life for you. Like these workers in the vineyard, what separates us from each other are unimportant factors. There is no need looking down on anyone or taking anyone to be a god because at the end of the day, even if it seems we are better or worse than others now, we are still equal before God. 
Jesus has said it all: “The last will be first, and the first will be last.” The essence of the Christian life is *COLLABORATION, not COMPETITION*. Why engage in a fight with someone who in a few years from now would become dust like you under the ground? What’s the point of boasting or treating people like garbage when we do not know what tomorrow holds? Imagine the workers employed in the morning mocking the ones employed in the evening not knowing they were not going to get a dime extra!
Today, we celebrate a woman whose fear of God brought her great reward. Today’s feast, The Queenship of Mary, is a natural follow-up of her glorious Assumption into heaven; her final reward so to say and the fulfilment of the words of Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom, there will be no end” (Luke 1, verses 31 to 33). 
If Jesus Christ is a king whose reign shall last forever, it follows that Mary His mother is a Queen whose Queenship shall last forever. Like Mary, we all are somehow going to be partakers of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, so far as we endure to the end. 
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, give me the grace to live a collaborative christian life instead of engaging in useless competitions. Amen

 

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Our Lady, Mother and Queen. Bible Study: Ezekiel 34:1-11, Psalm 23:1-6, Matthew 20:1-16).*
Fr. Abu.

Before God, We Are All Equal 

Before God, We Are All Equal 

*Before God, We All are Equal*
(Homily for August 22, 2018).
_“Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you, and go” *(Matthew 20:13-14).*_
In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus tells the parable of the Landowner to further teach us the need to avoid pride in our lives; whether based on our material possessions or our spiritual wealth. Basically, Jesus wants us to know how essentially equal we are before God, our creator.
A landowner recruits people to his vineyard and agrees with each how much he would pay at the end of the day’s work. Each person had the opportunity to bargain for his own pay before they started the work. At the end of the day’s work, everyone got exactly what he bargained for. The problem started when those who had earlier agreed to be paid a denarius in the morning realised that even those who started work in the evening got the same denarius.
That is life for you. Like these workers in the vineyard, what separates us from each other are unimportant factors. There is no need looking down on anyone or taking anyone to be a god because at the end of the day, even if it seems we are better or worse than others now, we are still equal before God. 
Jesus has said it all: “The last will be first, and the first will be last.” The essence of the Christian life is *COLLABORATION, not COMPETITION*. Why engage in a fight with someone who in a few years from now would become dust like you under the ground? What’s the point of boasting or treating people like garbage when we do not know what tomorrow holds? Imagine the workers employed in the morning mocking the ones employed in the evening not knowing they were not going to get a dime extra!
Today, we celebrate a woman whose fear of God brought her great reward. Today’s feast, The Queenship of Mary, is a natural follow-up of her glorious Assumption into heaven; her final reward so to say and the fulfilment of the words of Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom, there will be no end” (Luke 1, verses 31 to 33). 
If Jesus Christ is a king whose reign shall last forever, it follows that Mary His mother is a Queen whose Queenship shall last forever. Like Mary, we all are somehow going to be partakers of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, so far as we endure to the end. 
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, give me the grace to live a collaborative christian life instead of engaging in useless competitions. Amen

 

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Our Lady, Mother and Queen. Bible Study: Ezekiel 34:1-11, Psalm 23:1-6, Matthew 20:1-16).*
Fr. Abu.

%d bloggers like this: