TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
First Reading: Amos 8: 4-7
4 Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land,
6 Buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.
In a scarily true description of the world today, prophet Amos proclaims about the end days. Do we not see the needy and poor being further pushed into destitution? Do we not see the powerful oppressing the weak, economically and socially? Those of us blessed to be protected from the vagaries of this unjust world must fight to stay on the righteous path. We know that we wage a spiritual battle and must rely on the Holy Spirit Lord to guide and strengthen us.
In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 113: 1-2, 4-6, 7-8
7 The Lord raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, 8 to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.
The Lord never forgets his people, Amen!
Second Reading: First Timothy 2: 1-8
1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone.
8 I desire, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument.
Christ Jesus gave himself as the mediator between God and all humankind. (Vv4-6) We then are to pray for everyone. Who can raise up holy hands in prayer? Are the same hands that scroll social media for licentious pleasures, used to join in prayer? Are the same hands that don’t raise a finger against injustice, folded in places of worship? Are the same hands that strive for discord, lifted in singing devotionals? How holy are our hands?
Dear Lord help us. Amen!
Gospel: Luke 16: 1-13
10 “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much, and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.
The little that we are faithful in, is looked at as great in the eyes of God. Therefore we must strive to be faithful in all our deeds, irrespective of the audience or accolades!
12 And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?
Do we not know that we are mere stewards of the things that we are blessed with? Yet, how faithful are we in daily life? We have acquired eternal salvation through Christ Jesus but do we stay true to him?
Have mercy on us, O Lord! Amen