Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (16th October, 2018) on the Gospel
Ps 118:41.43-45.47-48. (R. v.41);
Topic: Beyond materials.
Whenever we hear or speak of charity, minds often go to material things alone. And as a result, many have judged themselves incapable of being charitable. However, in today’s gospel, Jesus shows us another dimension.
A Pharisee was amazed seeing Jesus sat at the table in his house without first washing His hands according to the tradition. He said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.... So give for alms those things that are within; and see, everything will be clean for you.”
The within Jesus demands that we give for alms what it holds has also what defiles, cf. Matt 15:11, 18; Mk 7:20. Jesus is telling us that God demands much more than the material things. We ought to be charitable with all we have. Again, everybody has something to offer. Find out what you have and be aware that God demands you to be charitable with all.
Bible Reading: Matt 15:10-20.
Thought for today: God demands everything.
Let us pray: Lord, help us to be charitable with everything you blessed us with – Amen.
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