Sunday, September 18, 2011

Evangelical Poverty - A Counsel for All the Baptized

How blessed are the poor in spirit, the kingdom of heaven is theirs!

Pope Sts Cornelius and St Cyprian, two glorious martyrs in the ancient Church, are both listed on the Roman Canon, the first Eucharistic Prayer. They witnessed to Christ's faithfulness, even amidst great persecution.

The readings for today call us to be witnesses against materialism, which acts as a kind of poison against authentic faith. The lay faithful are called to practice the evangelical counsel of poverty in the precept that St Paul gives in (Cf. 1 Corinthans 7:29-31) to have all things as though they did not possess them. In other words, to not be attached to the things that are gifts from our Eternal Father so that we can exercise faithful stewardship of them and to bring the kingdom of God, "on earth as it is in heaven."

Listen to my homily for today:

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