20111105 Saturday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time (Lk 16:9-15)
My dear brothers and sisters, today we are celebrating mass for our deceased benefactors, as is our custom. And we are keeping the monthly day of recollection from midday yesterday. By tradition, the month of November especially is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory, those faithful who have died and gone before us but who still must atone for their sins. The time they spend in Purgatory cleanses them so that they may enter Heaven free from all effects of sin. So, we are praying for our deceased benefactors, especially for those we have known, this is a requirement of Christian charity. Our own prayers and sacrifices can be offered up to relieve their suffering.
How to be trustworthy in great things.
When I see American money, I am very interested. Because on it is written “In God We Trust.” I know that these words are the official motto of USA. As today’s Gospel says, you cannot serve God and mammon and “No servant can serve two masters.” I think that the Federal Reserve Bank, called FRB is not for American people of 99%. If FRB is servant for all American, this is very ironic. I sincerely hope that American money does not only serve 1% American people but also does others. This is one of best ways to trust and serve our God. We believe that God sees everything, even the most hidden thoughts.
Sometimes our daily life looks dull, dry and boring in such very small things: the same schedule, the same prayer and work, the same brothers and same community… If so, we remember in today’s Gospel that “The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones.” And it is in our ordinary time that we have to fulfill ourselves as monks and grow in holiness. We can just do faithful to monastic life with upright intention and a sincere desire to seek our God. If we do so, we are at last trustworthy in great and small matters. This is our monastic life whenever we choose God’s work, and then our God always provides what we need. Be trustworthy!