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A SIMPLE LIFE
Fr. Steven Scherrer, MM, ThD
Homily of Monday, 31st Week of the Year, November 04, 2013
Rom. 11:29-36, Ps. 68, Luke 14:12-14


"When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid" (Luke 14:12).


We are to live a simple life if we are followers of Christ. We are not to live a life of dinner parties with our friends and relatives. If we invite these people, they will invite us in return and we will be repaid with other dinner parties. All those invited will invite us, each in his turn, and our life will become a life of dinner parties, one after the other. Our consolation will be here below in the delights of this world. Rather, if "you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth" (Col. 1:1-2).


We are to have only one master, God, and not try to serve two masters, God and a life of dinner parties, in which we are always being invited to a new dinner party. Dinner parties should not be our treasure, but rather only Christ, and we should have only one treasure and one master (Matt. 6:19-21, 24).


We should not have our consolation now in this way, so that Jesus does not say to us, "Woe to you that are rich, for you have received your consolation" (Luke 6:24). We are rather to live a simple life, and he will say to us, "Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God" (Luke 6:20). A life of dinner parties is a life in which we will be like those who "are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature" (Luke 8:14). Dinner parties are like thorns that choke the seed so that it does not bear fruit.


All this is a worldly life that is the death of the spirit. It is the opposite of a simple life. It is a life of many treasures and many masters. It is the life of the world, and we are to renounce the world and its lifestyle if we want to convert and save the world with the gospel of Christ (1 John 2:15; James 4:4; John 17:14). We should be crucified to the world and its lifestyle and say with St. Paul, "Far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world" (Gal. 6:14).


If we want to use our money to give a dinner party, then we should not invite our friends and relatives who will invite us in return so that we will be repaid in a worldly way. Rather, "when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just" (Luke 14:13-14). Doing this is living a simple life for the love of God, not a worldly life of dinner parties.

 

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