Tuesday of the 31st week in ordinary time year A

Rom. 12: 5-16a     Luke 14: 15-24

Theme: You are a gift

In the 1st reading of today, from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, we are reminded of the fact that though we are many, we are one body in Christ. God in his love for humanity, has given all of us different gifts and it is expected that we bring all our gifts together for the common good of all. Whether in church or in our human society. A proper use of all the gifts that God has given to all of us, will make our world a better place for all of us. Unfortunately, most of us are more comfortable with using our personal gift for their good and the good of those close and dear to them. This type of attitude has brought about different setbacks in our human community. As we do this, we truncate the desire of God for us as his children. His reason for giving us a variety of gifts is for us to bring them together and use them for the common good of all.

It is sad to see how some of us misuse the gifts that God has given to us, because of our greed. Also, some of us do not even appreciate the gift that God has given to them, rather they want other gifts that God has given to someone else. What they fail to understand is that God knows us more than we know ourselves, and if we make good use of the gift God has given us, he will bless us with more gifts than we ever expected. The main thing is that we must appreciate what God has given us and continue to work hard to improve what we have already, instead of longing for the gifts of other people.

A very important thing that we need to take very seriously today is the fact that we are all gifts to one another. There is nobody created by God that is completely useless. We all have a gift that can help us to live a better life and contribute our quota towards the growth of our world. When we begin to appreciate the presence of everyone who crosses our path, then we will begin to treat each other right. There is a reason why God gave us different gifts, he could have decided to give all of us the same type of gifts. Why not appreciate your brothers and sisters as the gifts that they are to the world. Let us live a life that is driven by love for one another, and it will make us appreciate one another as gifts that we are called to be in our world.

May the Lord grant us the grace to make proper use of the gifts God has given to us, in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Tuesday of the 31st week in ordinary time year A, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp