Increase our faith!

Readings: Hab 1, 2-3. 2, 2-4; Ps 95, 1-9; 2 Tim 1, 6-8.13-14; Lk 17, 5-10

The Word of God for us on the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time C invites us to call to mind the word of St. Paul to the Romans: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom 8, 28). Our faith and trust should be strong enough not to be shaken even amidst difficulties and challenges. We ought to thank God for the gift of faith which helps us to understand life with all its paradoxes. Let us, with gratitude, fan the flame of faith!

Read more: 27th Sunday in ordinary time, year C

Readings   Amos 6:1,4-7, Psalm 146:6-7,8-9,9-10, 1 Timothy 6:11-16, Luke 16: 19-31

Do not abuse God’s gifts and blessings

At a time when there is economic crisis and famine in parts of the country like Karamoja, it can cause bleeding in the heart to hear a person blessed with food and other necessities of life using them in a way that is inappropriate and wasteful when others are dying of hunger. The rich man in the gospel had more than he needed, and Lazarus had nothing. But he never thought of giving him anything, not even the scarps that fell from his table. Imagine living in a neighborhood where there are people who have plenty and there are those who have nothing at all, and instead of sharing the surplus, it is just thrown away, what an insult that would be for those who have nothing! What a mockery it would be for them! They would die earlier because of hatred and lack of love than of hunger.

Read more: 26th Sunday in ordinary time, year C

Readings: Exodus 32:7-11,13-24, Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,17&19, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-32

God’s concern and love for sinners

From how today’s gospel is presented, it is evident that during the time of Jesus’ ministry, people were categorized either as sinners or as righteous. Seemingly, the two did not have anything in common and so never interacted. The Pharisees were among those considered the righteous and the tax collectors and prostitutes were the sinners, the unrighteous. The Pharisees did not associate with the sinners because of the fear to be contaminated and sort of dirtied by the sins of the sinners and thus they also dissociated from anyone who interacts with the sinners. No wonder the Pharisees and the scribes complained of his attitude of welcoming sinners and dining with them.

Read more: 24th Sunday in ordinary time, year C

Use human intelligence and ingenuity to make the right friends!

Readings: Amos 8, 4-7; Ps 113, 1-8; 1Tim 2, 1-8; Lk 16, 1-13

The Word of God for us on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time C to make sensible use of human intelligence and ingenuity, human power and resources for the sake of the poor and oppressed. In this way, we imitate God who has made a preferential option for the disadvantaged of all times. If we make the poor our friends, then we have people who will count in our favour in the end. The best way of investment is to help the poor.

Read more: 25th Sunday in ordinary time, year C

Yes to the Cost of Discipleship

Readings: Wis 9,13-18b; Ps 90; Philm 9b-10.12-17; Lk 14, 25-33

The word of God for us today invites us to consider the cost of being a disciple of Jesus. The fact is that it is not easy to be a disciple of Jesus. The demands that Jesus make of us are unacceptable if one is to think in human terms. We need wisdom from above in order to embrace the freedom from all sorts of attachments and the freedom for Christ.

Read more: 23rd Sunday in ordinary time, year C

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