Tuesday of the 28th week in the ordinary time

Theme: Set your priority right

The readings we have today, encourages us to set our priority right, lest we make a grave mistake. We see this in today’s 1st reading with the issue of circumcision and un-circumcision. But we are presented with what truly matters and is in line with our faith in God. We are rather encouraged to allow faith working through love to guide all we do and say at all times. This is more important than the struggle about issues of circumcision and un-circumcision. This is because a combination of both faith and love in our lives as individuals and as a group will keep us on the right path that will lead us to eternal life. When there is faith and love, there will be no room for evil, envy, jealousy and things that are destructive and not of God. If we are able to achieve this in our daily life, then we have earnestly started enthroning the kingdom of God in our life, family and in the world at large. This is something we can achieve as children of God and Christians if we take seriously the admonition from our readings today. The most important thing is that we resolve to do that which is right and pleasing to God at all times in our daily lives.

Also in the gospel reading of today, Jesus also encourages us to go after things that truly matters, instead of living a hypocritical life, just to score cheap points. It is important that at all times we are sincere and straight forward in our dealings with other people. There is no need to be deceptive by presenting a false front that is completely different from what you truly have in store for such a person. Sometimes one encounters such situations, without knowing that it has evil intent and deceptive, just like the Greek gift. Jesus is encouraging us today to guide against living a hypocritical life and be straight forward and sincere in our dealings with one another.

It is my prayer today that God will grant us the grace to be real and sincere in our dealings with one another. May almighty God bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the H oly Spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Homily for Tuesday of the 28th week in the ordinary time of the year, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp