Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading 1 WIS 18:6-9
Reading 2 HEB 11:1-2, 8-19
Gospel LK 12:32-48
The Faithful Servant
Five or six hundred years ago there was a sultan ruling in India, of the name of Mahmud Ghaznavi. He had many slaves and attendants, but his favourite was a boy called Melik Khas. Melik was the son of a poor farmer, and he had been sold into slavery as soon as he was old enough to work. His intelligence and trustworthiness had marked him out from the other servants, and he had gradually risen to a place of high importance in the court. The Sultan valued his opinion above all others and loaded him with gifts of costly apparel, jewels, houses and even slaves of his own.
Inevitably, such treatment aroused the jealousy of the other courtiers, and they began to watch the young Melik Khas, determined to find a means of effecting his disgrace. Soon one of the courtiers discovered that the young man went every day to a little wooden hut behind his house. He would disappear for some time and, when he re-emerged, always locked the door behind him.
The courtier spread stories of this suspicious behaviour through the court, and they soon reached the ear of the Sultan. What could be the meaning of such secrecy? The Sultan was alarmed, and it was not long before he agreed to visit Melik Khas and ask to be shown the inside of the hut.
Melik received his master with joy and they walked together about the house and gardens. At last the Sultan espied the hut and expressed a wish to enter it. Melik blushed and said,
“It is not worthy of you, Sire, let us visit another part of the house.”
The courtiers glanced at each other and the Sultan grew more suspicious than ever.
“Nay,” he replied, “I wish to enter the hut.”
“Indeed, Sire, it is not worthy of you, it is not fitting,” said Melik Khas.
A murmur arose amongst the courtiers and the Sultan commanded Melik to allow him into the hut. Accordingly, the young man bent and unlocked the door. The Sultan entered and saw a small room, empty save for a scythe and a ragged village shirt. In amazement, he looked from them to his slave.
“Sire,” said Melik Khas, “every day I come here and take up my scythe and don my old shirt to remind myself of what I once was and how it is only through your kindness that I possess so much.”
The Sultan was greatly moved by this humility, and humbly begged the young man’s forgiveness.
Sermon and Homily Notes
Dear Friends in Jesus Christ, today the Holy Mother Church celebrates the 19th Sunday in the ordinary time. Let us take time to reflect on today’s Word of God.
Reflecting on the word of God, specially in today’s Gospel, we can understand the reality of our life. We can take some important teachings of Jesus which will help us to search for the kingdom values.
1. Your life on earth within the light and not in darkness
As we all know there are two kinds of powers on earth. \
1. The power of light or the power of God
2. The power of darkness or the power of evil
We should not forget that the power of evil will be destroyed by Jesus himself oneday, and the power of light will last forever. The Lord Jesus wants us to live in the light of God with readiness to inter into heavenly life.
We are called the “light of the people” and we cannot move from light to darkness for material things.
We need to ask the question weather am I living in darkness or in the light of Jesus?
Bible Verses for Light
2 Samuel 22:29
29 You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light.
28 He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light.’
6 Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.
28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
9 Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the LORD’s wrath, until he pleads my case and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness.
12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
2. Be ready to welcome Jesus at any time in your life.
We should always remember that our life on earth is not permanent. After living few years on earth we get the wrong intention that earth is the permanent place for us to live forever. That is not the case. We all have to leave this world one day to our heavenly place which is our permanent place forever.
Weather we live good life or bad life, in the light or darkness, we need to leave this planet to go to another. God has sent us to earth to live and to go back to our heavenly place. It is our duty to be prepared to welcome Jesus when he comes to us. If we are bound by materials things on earth, we will loose the everlasting life that is to come.
Matthew 24:44 – Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
1 Corinthians 16:13 – Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
1 Peter 3:15 – But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Proverbs 6:6-8 – Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: (Read More…)
1 John 2:28 – And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
3. Your treasure should be in heaven and not on earth
We are all visitors here on earth for at lease 100 years and once the time is over we need to go back to our original place.
In our day to day life, we go out for vacation for few days. We never stay there for the rest of our life. After the few days of time we come back to our own place and home.
In the same way we are here for 100 years only and again we have to go back to our own place. If we forget the truth of it, then we will be interested in making material things that belong to this world.
As we live on earth we need to work for the life to come. We can save treasure in heaven. If we save treasure on earth, one day it will vanish from our life when we leave this world. If we save treasures in heaven, when we leave this world and go there, our treasures will be there for us.
When you are interested in material things on earth which vanish one day, you will commit all kinds of sins to grab them. Your desire for material things will destroy your life and soul.
Bible verses for treasures
Malachi 3:10 – Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that [there shall] not [be room] enough [to receive it].
Amos 5:24 – But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Isaiah 58:10 – And [if] thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness [be] as the noonday:
Proverbs 22:7 – The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower [is] servant to the lender.
Proverbs 11:1 – A false balance [is] abomination to the LORD: but a just weight [is] his delight.
Psalms 37:21 – The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
Hebrews 12:22 – But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
1 Corinthians 13:5 – Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
4. “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
Peter asked Jesus Lord, is it same to all or not? The answer of Jesus is slightly different than normal answer.
Some people are called by Jesus for special task on earth. That is why the bible says the “servant of God.” If the servant of God is entrusted more he is accountable more by God.
If you feel that you are called by Jesus for special ministry , you need to be faithful to that call still you die.
Sometime the servant may loose his faith in God and may mislead his flock towards evilness. He becomes the bad servant and the servant of Satan.
If you are a faithful servant God will bless you with heavenly blessings and if you are a bad servant God will punish you for eternal
Bible verses for faithful servant
Proverbs 14:35 A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant arouses his fury.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; …
Matthew 24:45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?
Matthew 25:21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
Luke 16:10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.