SUNDAY HOMILIES

SSCC - SUNDAY HOMILIES FOR ALL YEAR ROUND 

As lay associates, sisters and brothers of the Ireland England Province of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary, we are priviliged to be able to offer you some thoughts and reflections on our Sunday readings. We start this sharing with homilies that have been prepared for Advent 2018, beginning with the Vigil Mass for Dec. 1st.  Many of our lay associates, sisters and brothers have contributed to putting together for the first time, homilies which cover every Sunday of the Liturgical year.  We hope that you will find this service to be of assistance to you in your ministry or just as an opportunity for you to reflect and to pray on the various themes that these reading have to offer us.

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8.  All homilies from the 25th to the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.
 Each week on a Monday, we will try to post the homily for the following w/e on this Homily Homepage.  (See previous homilies at the bottom of the page)   

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR C by Sr Aurora Laguarda sscc

This is one of the parables that "amaze" me, since it seems that Jesus is in favor of corruption. Today's Gospel is written for our days. In our world, corruption is taking more and more possession of all values, and it is spreading in all fields, political, social, economic, even religious. In this parable the Lord speaks to us of a man who followed the principles of this world: instinct for conservation, dubious ethical treatment, fraud or corruption. Does Jesus approve of the unethical behaviour of the administrator? To really understand this parable, it is necessary to read it from another perspective: from the perspective of Jesus, and, above all, from what Jesus tells us at the end of the parable: "one cannot serve God and money."
Jesus does not approve of corruption or malpractice, but invites us to be cunning as the unfaithful steward, not to use it for our own good, but for the benefit of the neediest. All that we are and have are gifts that God has given us because He loves us. We do not possess anything - not even life itself - that has not been a gift from God. He has given us many things for free, he has given us talents, gifts, virtues, qualities. We are stewards of all that we have received. Today's Gospel is an invitation to administer wealth, material goods, what is given to us, to put them at the service of the Kingdom, to share with others and not to accumulate for our own benefit.
How have we done this in our role as stewards of the goods God has given us? How great a small gesture is sometimes. A simple word, affable treatment, polite greeting, helping the brother in some of his problems, the ability to hear the relief of those who suffer, in short, small gestures that enlarge the heart. This is the teaching of the Lord, a call to our heart to put it in the One who loves us, an invitation to put our trust in the only faithful friend. The one who has money as ruler and center of his heart, tries the possible and the impossible to have more. And the same can be applied for fame and honor, glory, power, comfort... The one who has truly decided to serve the Lord, is attentive to how to please Him in everything and gives themselves to the building of the Kingdom of God, seeking that all may know and love Him. We know that when we serve the Lord, more and more our thoughts, longings and desires are centered in Him and in what He desires. "Where is your treasure, there is your heart" (Lk 12:34). Where is my heart? What is my treasure? Whom do I truly serve?
As Pope Francis reminds us: this parable speaks to us of "two opposing lifestyles: one the worldly and the other the Gospel. The journey of life necessarily involves choosing between these two paths: between honesty and dishonesty, between fidelity and infidelity, between selfishness and altruism, between good and evil. It is not possible to oscillate between one and the other, because they move on diverse and opposed logics". From this perspective, we can understand that the administrator is not praised for being corrupt. Corruption produces dependence and generates poverty, exploitation, suffering. And how many victims there are in the world today! With this teaching, Jesus today exhorts us to make a clear choice between Him and the spirit of the world, between the logic of corruption, arrogance and greed and that of righteousness, meekness and sharing.
When we seek to follow the evangelical logic of integrity, of transparency in intentions and behaviour, of fraternity, we become artisans of justice and open horizons of hope for humanity. In gratitude and in the gift of ourselves to our sisters and brothers, we serve the just master: God. Faced with the alternative, there is no doubt; we must serve the Lord. This must be our understanding. Jesus offers us the way of freedom. He teaches us the way to establish an order of things in which God is effectively the only Lord of our life and in which temporal goods take their place. It teaches us that having, power, money, comfort, are not the answer to our deepest longings. It teaches us a "logic" which, although it often seems to contradict the ideals of happiness proposed to us in the world we live in, it is profoundly human and capable of making us better and better people. "He who is faithful in little, is also faithful in much. "The little" refers to the material, "the much", to the spiritual. So we cannot serve two masters. Christ's message is radical. It does not admit compromises or negotiations. Fidelity in our relationship with God is at stake.

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8.   All homilies from the 25th to the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.

7.   All homilies from the 21st to the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.

6.   All homilies from the 17th to the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.

5.   All homilies from Trinity Sunday to the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time can be accessed by clicking here.

4.   All homilies from the 4th Sunday of Easter to the Feast of Pentecost can be accessed by clicking here.

3.   All homilies from the 4th Sunday of Lent to the 3rd Sunday of Easter can be accessed by clicking here.

2.  All homilies from the 4th Sunday in Ordinary time to the 3rd Sunday of Lent can be accessed by clicking here.

1.  All homilies for Advent up to the third Sunday in Ordinary time can be accessed by clicking here.