HOMILY FOR THE 8TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
THEME: A CHOICE FOR GOD, NOT MAMMON
Dearly beloved, this morning, Mother Church invites us to answer the question, in whom do I place my trust, God, material comfort or success? We cannot serve God and material possessions, hence we are warned about the dangers of wealth. In the sense that it can even become a barrier to God’s will.
For Jesus sees in it a self centred covetousness which claims people’s heart and this alienates them from God. When a person owns something, in reality it is the thing that owns him or her. We are challenged to focus on God by paying less attention to the mundane
Beloved, Jesus is not against advance planning or social security, rather he wants us to love freely, detached and in serenity because of our confidence in God. God will provide for our needs because our life is in His hands. Life is more than food, God who gave life will give whatever is necessary to support it.
Again, we are warned not to worry, be anxious or apprehensive about possible danger or misfortune – eschew worry and anxiety about material things. We therefore need to surrender to God than worry ourselves to death. Beloved, worry is needless as well as a blindness to God’s bounty.
Consequently, we are reminded that the higher righteousness we must practice forbids us to serve two masters. We are to choose between God and mammon. Jesus is thus encouraging us and also demanding a response and we are encouraged to make a choice today for God.