2018.11.11 Homily

Readings and Gospel at USCCB

 

It is considered wisdom, to plan for the future.

To max out yearly 401k contributions, to have enough, and maybe even more than enough, for a comfortable and long retirement.

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It is wisdom to live within one’s means. Building up that nest egg, a penny saved, is a penny earned.

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But what the world accounts wisdom, is foolishness in the eyes of God.

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We saw God’s wisdom in the first reading, when a widow divides what little food she has, with a stranger.

We saw God’s wisdom in the Gospel, when another widow gives what little money she has, to God’s house.

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True wisdom, is to rely on God so completely, that you are willing to give even the clothes off your back, because you know God will take care of you.

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And it goes further than trusting that God will help you survive.

When we do as God directs us, even when it seems to be putting us in an impossible situation, we are allowing God to put His plan into action, which is always better and larger than our plan.

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When we hold on to our plan, to our two small coins, to our little bit of food, we do not allow God to give us the great things he has in store for us.

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St Francis of Assisi was called to give up everything and follow God, and what an adventure he had.

None of us are guaranteed an exemption to that call. God may call each and every one of us to a life of voluntary poverty and homelessness.

We must be ready to trust, even if we get that call.

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Today God asks us to change our perspective, to see the things of this world: the 401k, the house, the cars, and really any investment or wealth for what they are: tiny and insignificant.

To instead see the adventure God calls us to, an adventure of complete and total trust in Him, as the most prized possession we can ever have.

 

 

 

 

Se considera sabiduría, planear para el futuro.

Para salvar nuestras vidas enteras para la jubilación. Tener una cuenta bancaria grande, una casa grande y muchos autos.

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Pero lo que el mundo dice es sabiduría, es insensatez ante los ojos de Dios.

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Vimos la sabiduría de Dios en la primera lectura, cuando una viuda comparte la poca comida que tiene con un extraño.

Vimos la sabiduría de Dios en el Evangelio, cuando otra viuda da el poco dinero que tiene a la casa de Dios.

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La verdadera sabiduría, es confiar en Dios tan completamente, que estás dispuesto a regalar todo, porque sabes que Dios cuidará de ti.

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Y va más allá de confiar en que Dios te ayudará a sobrevivir.

Cuando hacemos lo que Dios nos pide, incluso cuando parece estar poniéndonos en una situación imposible, permitimos que Dios ponga en acción su plan, que siempre es mejor y más grande que nuestro plan.

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Cuando nos aferramos a nuestro plan, a nuestras dos monedas pequeñas, a nuestro poco de comida, no permitimos que Dios nos dé las grandes cosas que Él tiene guardadas para nosotros.

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Hoy Dios nos pide que cambiemos nuestra perspectiva, que veamos las cosas de este mundo: la cuenta bancaria, la casa, los autos como lo que son: diminutos e insignificantes.

Para ver la aventura a la que Dios nos llama, una aventura de completa y total confianza en Él, como la posesión más preciada que podamos tener.

 

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