It is 5th November 2016. The readings are from Philippians 4:10-19; and the Gospel is from Luke 16:9-15. St. Paul teaches us a few valuable lessons in today’s passage. St. Pauls thanks the Philippians for their generosity for helping him to serve God’s people, and to inviting us to live within the means, and to offer our personal hard earned sacrifice to the Lord and the Church. In our lives, we must be always grateful for all those who have helped us to do the apostolate and mission service; we need to live within the means and learn to manage our lives with what we have. We are what we are because of the sacrifices people have made in and towards our lives. Our sacrifice is indeed “the Sweet fragrance” for God which pleases God and God accepts it when we give with love in our hearts. We allow God to fill our lives with all the resources when we are willing to empty ourselves. God alone can fill us abundantly and lavishly always. “There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength.” (Phil.4:13). The responsorial Psalm prays, “Blessed is the person who fears the Lord.” (Ps.111:1). The Gospel instructs us to use money to do good. Jesus tells us very clearly that money is not the most important thing in our lives. God has blessed us with money to do charity and justice. Money is only a means not the end. The Lord points out that money as tainted thing which has the power to do evil. The most evil perpetrated in us and in the world comes by the wrong use of money. We cannot be a lover of God and money. We cannot serve God and money at the same time. Wealth distances us from God. We need to learn the theology behind money and learn to use the money correctly. God loves our deep faithfulness in those little things. A consistent little things for God and Charity are necessary for a beautiful spiritual living. “You justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts; for what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God.” (Lk.16:15). Have a good day.

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