Saturday of the 31st week in the ordinary time of the year

Theme: Be appreciative

In the 1st reading of today, we see what it means to be truly appreciative from St. Paul. He is thanking the Philipian church for their support and love they have shown him. One of the things that really impressed me is the fact that he did not request it from the people, but they willingly gave it to him out of their own free will. In his action we also see a man that was contented with what he had. This is an attitude that is worthy of emulation, by all of us as children of God and especially for missionaries working with the people. Sometimes the main challenge that gives rise to abuse of privilege is lack of contentment. When we begin to live beyond our means as missionaries or begin to carry baggages that are beyond us. The action of St. Paul in today’s 1st reading is a challenge and also wonderful words of encouragements, that should help us to become better people and true children of God that we are called to be. As human persons we may have made mistakes in the past, but it is never too late for us to retrace our steps and seek for God’s mercy; he is always ready and willing to forgive our short comings.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, in the gospel reading of today Jesus is encouraging us to be faithful in our dealings with one another. This is because when one is faithful in little things, he will also be faithful in great things; even when someone else is involved. This will help us to understand the assertion of Jesus that no one can serve two masters equally. You will be loyal to one more than the other. Dearly beloved in Christ, it is expected that our loyalty at all times will be to God. It is left to us to decide which side of the divide we want to be loyal to. While we make our choice, it is important to note that choosing what the world is offering, will not lead us to eternity.

In view of this my brothers and sisters in Christ, let us try to make use of some of these wonderful virtues in our daily lives from today’s liturgy, be appreciative, be contented, be faithful and loyal. As you strive to practice it, may almighty God bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Saturday of the 31st week of the ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp