Homilies
Homily of the Apostolic Nuncio, Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature, Wednesday 11 September 2019

Gospel: Luke 6:20-26

          After the ordination of the Apostles, the Saviour directed His disciples to the newness of the evangelical life. But being about to utter His divine oracles, He begins to rise higher; although He stood in a low place, yet as it is said, He lifted up his eyes. What is lifting up the eyes, but to disclose a more hidden light?

?And although He speaks in a general way to all, yet more especially He lifts up His eyes on His disciples; for it follows, on his disciples, that to those who receive the word listening attentively with the heart, He might reveal more fully the light of its deep meaning.

Each Evangelist has placed the blessings of poverty first, for it is the first in order, and the purest, as it were, of the virtues; for he who has despised the world shall reap an eternal reward. Now can anyone obtain the reward of the heavenly kingdom who, overcome by the desires of the world, has no power of escape from them?

But not everyone oppressed with poverty is blessed, but he who has preferred the commandment of Christ to worldly riches. For many are poor in their possessions, yet most covetous in their disposition; these poverty does not save. For nothing involuntary deserves a blessing, because all virtue is characterized by the freedom of the will. Thus, blessed is the poor man as being the disciple of Christ, who endured poverty for us.

After having commanded them to embrace poverty, He then crowns with honor those things which follow from poverty. ?Plainly instructing us, that we ought never to account ourselves sufficiently righteous, but always desire a daily increase in righteousness.