Being Charitable – A Homily by Rev. Fr. Kennedy Ebeye OSA
Our readings today, especial the first reading and the gospel, calls us to make good use of whatever talents and wealth God has given us for His purpose of serving Him. This is because we are just custodians and keepers of the talents and wealth in our possession. According to the Penny Catechism, God made me to know him, to love him and to serve him in faithfully in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next. We know God through our experiences and teachings of the Church.
We love God when we show love towards our brothers and sisters. 1 John 4:20 says, ‘Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.’ By serving man, we are serving God. Whatever we do to the least of our brothers, we do unto God. We are always concerned about ourselves or children without thinking about loving God in the service of men. When we plant, we bury a grain of corn. This yields huge produce read for harvest.
In the first reading, if we do not use our talents and fail to make an impact, and you die with that talent, it becomes vanity. But if you use the gift to impact on lives and serve God, we get a place in Heaven. All our gifts and wealth will be inherited by someone else.
The sin of the man in the gospel is not that he is rich but that he refused to use his wealth to help others. It is only when you plant a grain that you get more. As you become charitable to others, you are making use of the gifts and by so doing, you are following the advice of St Paul in the 2nd reading about storing up treasures in Heaven. If you are concerned about your children, and you keep your wealth for them, they can waste the entire money.
We are called to evaluate our attitude towards the talents God has given to us. We are to use the gifts to the glory of God. We must ask ourselves how we are using the gifts God gave to us. As we make use of it, note that you are storing up treasures in heaven.
Like the parable of the talent, God will call us to give account. The one who didn’t use his talent was put into prison after his talent was collected. If we fail to use our talent and wealth, our lot will be like a man. We need to evaluate our lives and attitude. Selfishness will not lead us to grace.
God has blessed us in our country but we are still suffering. This is because we care only about ourselves. We need to change and use our talents and wealth to impact in the lives of others thereby serving God here on earth and assuring ourselves of a place in heaven. As we continue to do this, may have the good Lord bless us now and forever. Amen.