Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time (II) (31st October, 2016) on the Gospel
Topic: Place of reward.
Today’s gospel is the continuation of last Saturday’s gospel in which Jesus addressed the guests. He admonished His host today in these words,
When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But ... invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.
This challenges all of us because while doing charitable works, many target either those they think who will know the value or those who will value such works. Whatever we do for others are really done not for them but for their creator, cf. Matt 25:40,45.
The book of Proverbs reads, “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and will be repaid in full” (Prov 19:17). Being poor cannot be limited to deficient in material things but also in knowledge. That one does not value the good thing done for him/her should not worry us.
Let us go about doing good to both those who know the value and those who do not. We ought to be certain of the fact that God will certainly reward everyone for every deed, cf. Is 62:11.
Bible Reading: Matt 25:31-46.
Thought for today: God will reward every person for everything.
Let us pray: May the good Lord give us the grace to go about doing good for all – Amen.
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