To Place God Above All Our Possessions

09-25-2016HomiliesFr. Tony Okolo

Listening to the harsh words of Prophet Amos directed against the rich and wealthy in the first reading and the condemnation of the rich man to hell in today’s Gospel, one may think that God is against the rich or that the wealthy are cut off from the kingdom of God. But such an idea is far from the truth. After all, we are told in (1 Samuel 2:7 “The Lord makes poor and makes rich, he brings low and, he also exalts”), (1 Chronicle 29:12 says, “Both riches and honour come from God, and you rule over all.”), (Ecclesiastes 5:19 says, “Every man also to whom God has given wealth and possession and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lots and find enjoyment in his toil this is the gift of God.”) Therefore, since both wealth and riches come from God, he is not against riches or those who possess wealth but rather he is against those who have lost sight of God because of their wealth, those who exploit others and those who treat others with contempt and indifference, and those who show no care and attention towards the poor.


Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Luke 16

09-18-2016HomiliesFr. Chauncey Winkler

What will be your inheritance? How will it come to you?  Who will give it to you? 
Are you currently responsible for something that doesn’t belong to you? Or put differently, do you currently have something within your control that does not belong to you?

In the gospel reading, Jesus tells a curious story about a dishonest man and then proceeds to challenge his disciples about their identity and what they hope to inherit.  This follows in the context of last week’s gospel about a lost sheep, a lost coin and two sons who were each lost in different ways because they misunderstood their father’s heart.  Therefore, they completely misunderstood the real value of their inheritance.  In fact, they missed the true inheritance completely.