It is beautiful. Then some people say, well, Jesus is making a choice of poor over wealthy people. But Jesus is very clear and he only has one thing to say and that is the most important part of the whole parable. But he was explaining this parable only to the large number of Pharisees who loved money — not had money, loved money. It is love of money, greed, that is the root of all evil and we have many sterling examples of that in recent times in our own world. The love of money can destroy nations. When they ate all the food that they were eating, they would wipe their hands on special bread that was thrown under the table and the dogs could pick it up. He just says he was a man at the gate who was so poor that the dogs came and licked his sores as his only consolation. The netherworld is not hell.
FAQ for Homily for 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Round Pegs in Square Holes
Dearly Beloved, I once bought a candy for a little boy and rather than thank me for the gift, he was asking me why I bought that brand and not another. At times, like this boy, we are hardly satisfied with what we get that we often forget to give thanks. The first reading 2 Kings presents us with the example of Naaman who was desperate to be healed of his leprosy and when he was healed after bathing in the Jordan, thought it wise to go back to the prophet to give thanks. The Gospel reading Luke in like manner presents us with the example of the Samaritan leper who was healed of leprosy alongside nine others but returned to Jesus alone to give thanks. Where are the other nine? Naaman gave what he had while the Samaritan leper gave himself.
Catholics believe in saints. Who are saints? Saints are holy people? And who are holy? All of us. Not only do we believe that we are saints, but we also believe we can help one another through prayer. We ask our fellow saints in this community and those who we know to pray for us in time of need. When someone dies and is with God, we continue to ask for their help.
They show us three things, firstly, that we need help to pray, secondly, that we should not give up, and thirdly that God will answer our prayers if we have faith. Last weekend we gathered here to celebrate the Sacrament of Healing. We received it to fortify ourselves with the word that the Lord will save us and raise us up. How little did we realise the fittingness of receiving that fortification in prayer and faith last week, as it prepared us to stand upright this week and not to turn away. In the first reading we see the dispute between two peoples, between the nomadic Amalekites and the people of Israel. In fact, if you go through the Old Testament, we seldom find an Israel who is not at war at some point. What does this say to us? I think it holds a deeper meaning than just a narration of facts. What I draw from the first image is that we can ask for help in our prayer, and often times it is only possible when we assist each other.