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Homily for the 13th Sunday in ordinary time year A

HOMILY FOR THE 13TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
READINGS

2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a

Romans 6:3-4, 8-11

Matthew 10:37-42
THEME: GIVING IS RECEIVING
Beloved in Christ, this morning as we celebrate the 13th Sunday in ordinary time, the readings invite us to reflect on hospitality as our appreciation to the generosity of God. It is not just a matter of opening your doors but rather it is the opening of our hearts for others. For whoever welcomes the stranger welcomes the Lord  Himself. And the reward for doing this is far beyond what we can imagine or dream of.
In the first reading, the couple who gave food and a place of rest to Elisha because he was  a man of God were rewarded with the gift of a son. We are to extend our generosity first and foremost to God’s work  on earth, His Church, especially His representatives, for they labour on his behalf.
Beloved, God is not a stingy benefactor – He gave His son up for us. (Cf Romans 8:32) However we miss the point when we do good solely for reward. For there is no limit to what a man can do or where we can go if he does not mind who gets the reward.
My dear friends, to become hospitable people, Jesus challenges us to love God more than anything else in our lives.
We are to begin by losing our life for Christ’s sake ; be ready to suffer for the sake of our faith in Him, so that we find it (cf Matthew 10:39). 
Also we are to give and gifts will be given to us. This is one of God’s principles which may sound like a contradiction. However, there are countless examples of individuals whose lives have provided confirmation of the the truth of this principle. 
Generosity is like a key that unlocks for us the blessings of heaven. God blesses us so that we will in turn become a blessing to others. And so, for those who are generous, God blesses them with more gifts so that their generosity will reach more and more people.
Let us remember that to die for Christ is a call not to talk about how to give up evil but to actively prove with our lives that we have given up on sin.
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