HOMILY OF SATURDAY OF THE 31ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A
Phil 4:10-19, Luke 16:9-15
All we have belong to God. The end for which we use our resources determines on whose altar we lay them. Though no priest or servant of God has claim over our belongings, whatever we give for God’s service are investment that will surely yield to our credit.
Paul told the Philippians, “For even in Thessalonica you sent me help once and again. Not that that I seek the gift; but I seek the fruit which increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more; I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:16-19
Paul sense of sufficiency is a caution to greedy ministers who prey on people sense of giving to enrich their pockets. His strength or sustenance was hinged on God’s providence. He can cope with any situation because of Christ power dwelling in him. This kind of God-sufficiency helps a minister to be focused in him work. It helps one not to exploit people for personal gain. God will always provide. Paul said, “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13.
However, Paul’s emphasis here is in the benefit of giving. There is more joy in giving than receiving. Giving attracts blessing, especially when it is sacrificial. When we give out as an appreciation to God for his bounty, we receive more favour from him. A giver cannot be in want. Those who for human sentiments kill their sense of generosity may increase in wealth but cannot be truly happy.
More so, a true giver does not wait to give until a request is made of him. Some people cannot give unless they are approached or begged. The make gods of themselves, thinking that what they are is by their own power. Such people worship what they have and forget to worship the Lord who made them what they are.
No servant can worship two masters. All worship belongs to the one God, the maker of all there is. Amen.