Homily 28th week Ordinary Time
Our possessions do not define us. They do not make us who we are or give us our identity or status in relation to God. The things we have understood and used properly reflect God, who gives them to us. And we should reflect God, who gives us our life and identity. We are His children. We belong to God, but God does not possess us like we try to possess the gifts He gives to us. God does not need those things, and he does not need us. He does something much greater than need us. God offers us the greatest gift of all if we choose to accept it. The gift of loving as He loves. “Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, ‘You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.'” “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mk 10:24b) Jesus says we can’t enter heaven by ourselves but not impossible for God to help and guide us there. That is what Jesus came into the world to accomplish. Peter still did not understand when he complained to Jesus that “We have given up everything and followed you.” (Mk 10:28b) We know from what happened with Peter that he later denied Jesus three times. He was still not ready to follow Jesus all the way. He was on the way but not all the way. He was not ready to go all the way until Jesus suffered His Passion and rose from the dead. Then Jesus asked Peter: “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” (Jn 21:15b) Jesus asked Peter three times. Testing Peter’s love made Peter recollect the love that made him capable to love as God does. Peter was called to share this gift with all others. “Feed my lambs.” “Tend my sheep.” “Feed my sheep.” “Follow me.” (Jn 21:15c, 16c, 17c, 19c) Peter’s life would then reflect the life of his teacher, his master, his friend, His God. “Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” (Jn 21:18)
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
Make us glad, for the days when you afflicted us,
for the years when we saw evil.
Let your work be seen by your servants
and your glory by their children;
and may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours;
prosper the work of our hands for us!
Prosper the work of our hands! (Ps 90:14-17)
Enter, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
we are the people he shepherds,
the sheep in his hands. (Ps 95: 6-7)
Live, Love, Serve, and Sacrifice like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.