Sept. 18, 2016 - 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
There seems to be a growing lack of honesty and integrity among people today. Let me give you some examples.
Contractors taking money from people in crisis and skipping town leaving folks devastated and broke.
People whose homes were not flooded showing up at distribution centers taking handouts and supplies badly needed by those who were affected.
Others lying about the number of people living with them in order to get more money on their DSNAP cards.
People committing perjury by lying in courts of law, to the IRS or even before Congress.
Political candidates using talking points to tell us what they think we want to hear instead of what they believe.
Our daily dealings with others either builds up or diminishes our trustworthiness. Our selfish choices damage our reputations. Our dishonest choices ruin our credibility.
Are we trustworthy in small matters? Are we trustworthy with the things that belong to others. Or have we become a nation of liars and thieves and cheats?
The readings this weekend ask us to look at our trustworthiness.
Jesus wants us to be men and women with integrity. Jesus wants us to be men and women with honor. Jesus wants us to be men and women of justice. Jesus wants us to be people who live in the truth.
Our God desires justice. The Prophet Amos in the first reading calls the people to practice justice.
In the marketplace do not fix your scales for cheating. In the marketplace do not buy and sell human beings as if they were cattle. In the marketplace do not sell poor quality wheat as if it were the best of the harvest.
Amos says the Lord God will not forget what you have done.
We are called to take pride in our work again. We are called to do our best in our work again. We are called to be honest in our work again.
Jesus wants to trust us with the church. Jesus wants to trust us with our families. Jesus wants to trust us in our work. Jesus wants to trust us with the Eucharist. Can we be trusted? Have we proved ourselves to be trustworthy?
Paul, in his letter to Timothy, says that he does not lie. He speaks the truth. We are challenged to speak the truth. We are challenged to act with integrity. We are challenged to seek justice and redress wrongs.
The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones but the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones.
If we are to become something other than a nation of liars and thieves and cheats, then we must begin to change the small things first for if we cannot be trustworthy in small things how can we be expected to be trustworthy in anything.