Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time (I) (07th November, 2017) on the Gospel
Topic: Heaven or Hell.
Whenever I hear or read about the joy of the saints in heaven, I wish I have made it. I do not know about you. However, I have good reason to assume that your wish is as good as mine. There is an Igbo adage, Onweghị onye etinyere sugar n’ọnụ ọ gbụpụ, literally means that nobody spits off cube of sugar placed in his/her mouth.
In today’s gospel, it is obvious that the problem is not in the giving of invitation but in our individual responses. We see in the gospel three categories: the first invitee represents those whose investment/s hinder, cf. Lk 14:18. And the second represents those hindered by their businesses, cf. Lk 14:19. The last represents those who are more attached to their families than to God, cf. Lk 14:20. I believe you know that the list can be expanded. We remember the words of Jesus, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (Lk 9:62). Again, “He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Matt 10:37).
Jesus is saying to all of us, “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28). It is important to ask ourselves if we respond positively to His calling or not. He is lamenting over a good number of us, “...you refuse to come to me that you may have life” (Jn 5:40).
Bible Reading: Lk 16:19-31.
Thought for today: Heaven and hell are real.
Let us pray: God, help us respond positively to your invitation to the eternal banquet – Amen.
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