Reading- Wisdom 18: 6-9, 2nd reading- Hebrews 11: 1-2, 8-19, Gospel-Luke 12: 32-48)

The readings presented to us on this 19th Sunday of the year, reminds us of the fact that as children of God we are privileged people. The Lord has chosen as his own and a people close and dear to him. This love of God reflects in all our readings today. In the first reading of today from the Book of Wisdom, we see the wonderful words of hope and encouragement given to the Israelites, even in their difficult situation. This was happening at a time when things were not going well for them, as a result of the challenges in Egypt and the Exodus. God in the first reading presents to them a message of hope and encouragement that says everything will be fine and well again. Dear friends in Christ, in the same way, God is saying to you and I today that whatever our present challenges are at the moment; it is simply a passing phase in our lives.

In the 2nd reading of today, from the letter to the Hebrews, Abraham our father in faith challenges us to a life of trust and faith in God. The faith of Abraham and his wife Sarah, should convince us about the faithfulness of God towards those who have faith and trust in God. In view of this, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we must strive to trust in God at all times; not minding the situation we find ourselves. Always remember that we have a reliable God as our father and he will never disappoint us. The big question today is how strong is your faith in God? The answer to this question makes all the difference. Those whose faith are strong, they are already building a treasure for themselves in heaven and also working towards being prepared and ready as advised by today’s gospel reading.

Dear friends in Christ, as heirs of the kingdom, the gospel reading of this Sunday reminds us about the fact that everyone to whom much is given, much is expected. By implication, we are called to be true ambassadors of Christ. Today my question to you from the gospel reading is, where is your treasure? This is very important because where your treasure is, that is where your heart will be. We are all invited today to build our treasures in heave, where it will be secured and safe. One of the ways of achieving it, is through almsgiving. By sharing with other’s the gifts God has blessed us with here on earth. It doesn’t necessarily have to be monetary, it could be using our individual talents for the common good of all.

Jesus strengthens our faith today by telling us not to be afraid; fear not. He is faithful to his promises and never disappoints all those who trust in him. Suffice it to say that we serve a covenant keeping God. My brothers and sisters in Christ, let us resolve to live like true children of God in our actions and allow God to make us worthy for the kingdom.

May God increase our faith in him at all times. Peace be with you! Amen.

Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year C by Fr. Jude Ifezime, C.S.Sp