Daily Homily for August 21, 2017: You Lack One Thing by Fr. Abu

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Religiosity without charity amounts to mere lip service before God. It is not enough that we keep God’s commandments, we must also ensure that we do not make a god of our material possessions.

If we cannot give out what we have, if we cannot help the less privileged, if we do not care about the poor, it simply means the things we have are the gods we worship. Like the Israelites we read about in our first reading, we become idol worshippers each time we find it difficult to share our possessions with others.

The key to generosity is knowing where one’s security lies. Where exactly is my security? My bank account? My name? My friends? My job description? Or my God. The truth is that if my security lies on anything material, I am bound to become stingy knowing that the source of my security will not last forever.

The young man walked away sorrowful because he could not imagine life without his possessions. He felt that without his money, without his expensive clothes, shoes, gold and diamonds, without his mansions, without his oil wells and so on, he would just die.

Try to put yourself in the shoes of this young man and allow the words of Jesus resound once again in your ears:“If you want to be perfect, go and sell what you possess and give to the poor.”Are you going to walk away? Are you going to just bluff over this message and go about your normal day to day activities? Or are you going to take an excursion to your wardrobe and bring out clothes you no longer need so that you can clothe some poor persons who cannot afford such?

That the bible recorded the sorrowful disposition of this young man shows that of a truth, attachment to what this world has to offer only brings sorrow, pain, and sadness. There is nothing in this world that is capable of bringing us lasting happiness as much as God can give to us. There is nothing in this world we cannot do without because in the first place we all came to this world naked and empty from our mothers’womb.

True freedom is the willingness to risk losing everything we have because we know that God alone is our security. Shun idolatry, stop worshiping your properties. You were born without them and you can still survive without them. Let go and Let God.


Let us pray: Lord Jesus, deepen my trust in you. Amen

Good morning *Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you

(Monday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time. Bible Study Judges 2:11-19 and Matthew 19:16-22).

Fr. Abu.