Show the Love.

Saturday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 490

Reading 1 Phil 4:10-19

Brothers and sisters:
I rejoice greatly in the Lord
that now at last you revived your concern for me.
You were, of course, concerned about me but lacked an opportunity.
Not that I say this because of need,
for I have learned, in whatever situation I find myself,
to be self-sufficient.
I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances;
I know also how to live with abundance.
In every circumstance and in all things
I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry,
of living in abundance and of being in need.
I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.
Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress.

You Philippians indeed know that at the beginning of the Gospel,
when I left Macedonia,
not a single church shared with me
in an account of giving and receiving, except you alone.
For even when I was at Thessalonica
you sent me something for my needs,
not only once but more than once.
It is not that I am eager for the gift;
rather, I am eager for the profit that accrues to your account.
I have received full payment and I abound.
I am very well supplied because of what I received from you
through Epaphroditus,
“a fragrant aroma,” an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
My God will fully supply whatever you need,
in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Responsorial Psalm Ps 112:1b-2, 5-6, 8a and 9

R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice;
He shall never be moved;
the just one shall be in everlasting remembrance.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
His heart is steadfast; he shall not fear.
Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Alleluia 2 Cor 8:9

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus Christ became poor although he was rich,
so that by his poverty you might become rich.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Lk 16:9-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth,
so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
The person who is trustworthy in very small matters
is also trustworthy in great ones;
and the person who is dishonest in very small matters
is also dishonest in great ones.
If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth,
who will trust you with true wealth?
If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another,
who will give you what is yours?
No servant can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.”

The Pharisees, who loved money,
heard all these things and sneered at him.
And he said to them,
“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.”

“You had been concerned all along, of course, but lacked the opportunity to show it.” –Philippians 4:10

I am sure many in the congregations started by St. Paul appreciated him and his ministry. He introduced thousands to Jesus Christ. Yet only the Philippians shared with Paul something to provide for his needs (Phil 4:15). Many loved Paul but few showed it. The world is full of loved people who think they’re not loved because other people don’t show their love.

“What I say to you is this: Make friends for yourselves through your use of this world’s goods” (Lk 16:9). Let your loved ones know they’re loved. Give money and presents. “When you have a reception, invite beggars and the crippled, the lame and the blind,” and others who may not know they are loved (Lk 14:13). If you don’t have any money, presents, or food (or even if you do), you can at least give a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name (Mt 10:42). We should greet one another with a holy kiss (2 Cor 13:12), or at least a pat on the back. However, we must let people know they’re loved by expressing this in a tangible way.

This is what Jesus did. He touched people, even lepers, and kissed people, even Judas. He gave Judas the chosen portion and even washed the feet of the apostles (Jn 13:5, 26). He died for us and gave us Himself as the Bread of Life (Jn 6:35). Our heavenly Father loves us and showed us His love so much “that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not die but may have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).

PRAYER: Father, You’ve shown Your love for me. On this first Saturday, may I say “I love you” to at least three people.
PROMISE: “My God in turn will supply your needs fully, in a way worthy of His magnificent riches in Christ Jesus.” –Phil 4:19
PRAISE: Nathan’s peace and joy bubbles forth from his love of Jesus.


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