Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amos 6:1, 4-7

I Timothy 6:11-16

Luke 16:19-31

There is nothing more important that we will do this week than what we are doing right now!

The Old Testament prophet Amos says, Woe to you who are complacent. You will be the first to be exiled.” How many of us are complacent is what we are doing right now? There is nothing more important that we will do this week than what we are doing right now!

We just heard a parable of a rich man who had everything he ever wanted, money, food, clothes, and pets, but he was complacent in his charity and spent eternity in a very hot place where we do not want to go. There is nothing more important that we will do this week than what we are doing right now!

We come to Mass wrong. How often do we come to Mass to be entertained by the homily or music, and we miss the point of why we come to Mass? Yes, we have excellent music, and Fr. David and I do our best to give you good homilies, but the point of coming to Mass is not to be entertained by a homily or music.

We train our children to be quiet and don’t move when we come to Mass. We beg them to be good and tell them it will be over within one hour. Yes, this is all good, but if that is what we train our kids to do on the inside, we have missed the point of coming to Mass.

At the heart of why we come to Mass is to worship God and to give him glory and praise. When we come to Mass, we get the privilege of not thinking about ourselves for one hour because it is all about God.

At the heart of worship is sacrifice. In the time of Jesus, when a family was preparing to go to the temple for worship, they would pick a lamb from their flock. It would be a lamb without blemish, a male a year old. To be sure that it remained without a blemish, they would take the lamb into their home, care for it, and love it. Then, on the day to go to the temple, the Father would carry the lamb in his arms, to assure the lamb would be without blemish, and when they arrived, they would give the lamb over to the priest who would offer the lamb as a sacrifice for their sins. We have come to know the lamb as Jesus Christ. Do we come ready to offer ourselves without blemish to the Father? There is nothing more important that we will do this week than what we are doing right now!

When we understand what true sacrifice is, we become different people. It is often said that the breakdown of any relationship is because there is a communication breakdown. There is truth to this, but the reality is the breakdown of any relationship is our failure to be sacrificed to another.

My friends in Christ, there is nothing more important that we will do this week than what we are doing right now! May we learn the importance of why we come to Mass. May we learn to go to Mass not thinking of ourselves but to give praise and glory to God. May we know to be a follower of Jesus Christ, we must be willing to sacrifice for others as Jesus has done for us, pour out in his Body and his Blood.

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