2019-09-2225th Sunday in Ordinary TimeRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

Some people work harder to make money than they do to get to heaven. Some people pay more attention to the stock market than they do to the words of Jesus Christ. Some people are always looking for an opportunity to make an extra buck.

Believe it or not, Jesus is impressed with that kind of initiative and says so in today's Gospel. But he is also sad that spiritual people do not work as hard as worldly people for spiritual rewards. You see, Jesus knows that money cannot buy our happiness. Sometimes we think it can. It has that kind of allurement but ultimately it will not keep us happy. Henry Ford once said: I would give it all away for just a couple of good friends I could trust. For you see, only poor people really know who their friends are.

Jesus says in the Gospel: Use your money and your talent on behalf of the poor because when you die and it is your time for judgment they will speak to God on your behalf. The poor will make a special place for you in heaven.

We spend so little time on earth. We spend eternity in heaven or in hell. Jesus says: Use your money wisely now so that you will live forever in heaven. Jesus also says: "Whatever you do for the least of my brothers or sisters you do for me."

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