28th Sunday in the Ordinary Time Year B Sermon and Homily Notes
Readings – 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time
(Liturgical Year B)
I prayed, and prudence was given me;
I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I preferred her to scepter and throne,
and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,
nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;
because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand,
and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.
Beyond health and comeliness I loved her,
and I chose to have her rather than the light,
because the splendor of her never yields to sleep.
Yet all good things together came to me in her company,
and countless riches at her hands.
R. (14) Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
Make us glad, for the days when you afflicted us,
for the years when we saw evil.
Let your work be seen by your servants
and your glory by their children;
and may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours;
prosper the work of our hands for us!
Prosper the work of our hands!
Brothers and sisters:
Indeed the word of God is living and effective,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow,
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
No creature is concealed from him,
but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him
to whom we must render an account.
As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up,
knelt down before him, and asked him,
“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good?
No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments: You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
you shall not defraud;
honor your father and your mother.”
He replied and said to him,
“Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
“You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
At that statement his face fell,
and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
“How hard it is for those who have wealth
to enter the kingdom of God!”
The disciples were amazed at his words.
So Jesus again said to them in reply,
“Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,
“Then who can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God.”
Peter began to say to him,
“We have given up everything and followed you.”
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you,
there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters
or mother or father or children or lands
for my sake and for the sake of the gospel
who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age:
houses and brothers and sisters
and mothers and children and lands,
with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.”
The Story of Huh Saeng
“Money often makes a man small, but a man like him makes big money. I am only glad to have helped a big man do big business.”
In a lowly thatched cottage in the Namsan Valley there lived a poor couple, Mr. & Mrs. Huh Saeng. The husband confined himself for seven years and only read books in his cold room… One day his wife, all in tears, said to him: “Look here, my good man! What is the use of all your book reading? I have spent my youth in washing and sewing for other people and yet I have no spare jacket or skirt to wear and I have had no food to eat during the past three days. I am hungry and cold. I can stand it no more!”
Hearing these words, the middle-aged scholar closed his book, rose to his feet, and without saying another word, he went outdoors… Arriving in the heart of the city, he stopped a passing gentleman. “Hello, my friend! Who is the richest man in town?” “Poor countryman! Don’t you know Byôn-ssi, the millionaire? His glittering tile-roofed house pierced by twelve gates is just over there.”
Huh Saeng bent his steps to the rich man’s house. Having entered the big gate, he flung the guest-room door open and addressed the host: “I need 10,000 yang for capital for my commercial business and I want you to lend me the money.”
“Alright, sir. Where shall I send the money”
“To the Ansông Market in care of a commission merchant.”
Very well, sir. I will draw on Kim, who does the biggest commission business in the Ansông Market. You’ll get the money there.”
When Huh Saeng was gone, all the other guests in the room asked Byôn-ssi why he gave so much money to a beggarlike stranger whose family name was unknown to him. But the rich man replied with a triumphant face: “Even though he was in ragged clothes, he spoke clearly to the point without betraying shame or inferiority, unlike common people who want to borrow money for a bad debt. Such a man as he, is either mad or self-confident in doing business. But judging from his dauntless eyes and booming voice, he is an uncommon man with a superhuman brain, worthy of my trust. I know money and I know men. Money often makes a man small, but a man like him makes big money. I am only glad to have helped a big man do big business.”
Wisdom is given on our request
The first reading is from the book of wisdom. The king Solomon is describing how he was interested in wisdom and prayed for it. “I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me”. If we read the book of wisdom we will be able to understand how King Solomon has been searching for wisdom through out his life.
To receive wisdom of God, prayer is the key
How to get wisdom and from where to get wisdom?. Wisdom is not delivered for us at our home door by someone else. Prayer is the key to receive wisdom. If you and I are not spending few minutes in prayer per day, how can we receive the wisdom of God? Prayer will unlock the beautiful treasure of God’s wisdom for us and it will prevail in our life all the times.
Look at the life of any spiritual masters who are leading people in the spiritual path. Those spiritual masters are always in a lonely place to pray and meditate. They receive all kinds of heavenly wisdom through prayer and contemplative meditation. Therefore it is necessary that we need to pray to receive God’s wisdom.
Wisdom of God is the key for other riches of the world.
King Solomon searched for God’s wisdom first, then what happened to him? God blessed him with his heavenly wisdom as well as with the riches of this world. For, the heavenly wisdom is the source of all the earthly riches. Wherever there is heavenly wisdom or whoever possesses heavenly wisdom, there we could find earthly riches too. The one who prays for heavenly wisdom is not asking for a particular earthly riches, rather he prays for the source of heavenly and earthy riches.
Wisdom of God is the source of heavenly and earthly riches
The king Solomon was not asking for earthly material wealth. He was asking for heavenly wisdom. The heavenly wisdom becomes the source of wealth of both heaven and earth. When you have heavenly wisdom, it becomes the source of great wealth on earth and heaven. Therefore search for the source of wisdom and not for the perishable material things on earth.
Be a wise person than a foolish person.
Who is a wise man?
The one who searches for heavenly thing by trusting in the power of God is a person who has heavenly wisdom. He is more interested in heavenly teachings and its wisdom than the earthly teachings and in its wisdom. He bases his life on God and in his teachings. If we look at the bible verses, it is said that,
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Mathew 7:24)”
Who is a foolish man?
The one who spends all his life in searching for worldly things is a foolish man. For his trust and faith is on earth.
“26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.” (Mathew 7:26)”
Use impermanent riches of this world to achieve permanent riches
First of all we need to understand there are two types of riches. The moment we understand this truth, we need to accept it to practice in our life.
God has given us impermanent riches of this world not to own or possess them for ourselves. The very purpose of receiving those impermanent riches in our life is to use and achieve permanent riches. To understand those differences we need heavenly wisdom. If we have the wisdom of God, we know what is permanent and what is impermanent. As wise people, we always use impermanent riches to achieve permanent riches in our life. If we don’t have the wisdom of God in our life, we always try to keep impermanent riches which will perish one day.
Wisdom is shared
What do you understand when you say “wisdom is shared”? If you have the wisdom of God within your life, you will be able to share with others whatever you have. In other words, if you are a person of sharing with others what you have, then you are a person who possesses the wisdom of God. The wisdom helps you to get permanent riches by sharing impermanent earthly riches with others.
Signs of wisdom in a person.
Person of prayer
Person of sharing
Person of understanding
Person of prudence
Person of enlightened
Person of perseverance
Person of good doing
Benjamin Franklin’s Words of Wisdom on Money
Benjamin Franklin is most known for being one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He is also famously known for his words of wisdom on various topics. When it comes to money, he’s often remembered for saying “a penny saved is a penny earned.”
Some of Benjamin Franklin’s other words of wisdom on money are:
- “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.”
- “Buy what thou hast no need of, and before long thou shalt sell thy necessaries.”
- “When you run in debt; you give to another power over your liberty.”
- “The borrower is a slave to the lender, and the debtor to the creditor.”
- “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
- “Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.”
- “If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher’s stone.”
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