TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C.
18th September 2022
Amos 8:4-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13.
Why do we often consider it a waste of time to pray for political office holders? Ironically, the same prayers that we believe will enable us effect positive changes in our lives is what we deny our corrupt politicians. Today’s second reading from Paul’s letter to Timothy recommends praying for our leaders. According to it, ‘To do this is right, and will please God our saviour: he wants everyone to be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth’. It is our fixation on the corruption of our leaders that weaken our willingness to pray for them.
The first reading from the prophet Amos presents the corrupt mind of contemporary political leadership. Our leaders make use of every opportunity to intimidate and exploit us. According to prophet Amos, every politician believes that ‘…by lowering the bushel, raising the shekel, by swindling and tampering with the scales, we can buy up the poor for money, and the needy for a pair of sandals…’. In today’s political circle, the voice of the people can be rented or manipulated. The present economic crisis in Europe is blamed on the Russia/Ukraine war. Does this mean that the whole of Europe depend on Russia to survive?
We should understand that the power of prayer to change people is not alien to our politicians. If prayer works for us, it will surely work in the life of politicians. In today’s gospel Jesus explained through a parable that God creates the opportunity for change to occur even in the life of wasteful leaders. The wasteful servant in the parable was praised for his astuteness. His astuteness is a proof that a political leader can put aside personal greed in order to serve the common good. The power of prayer is unbeatable. It is incomparable with empty political arguments and blaming that is based on our fixation on the issues. It can only expose us to more crisis. Praying is a sane and stable approach to crisis. Let us be united in praying for our leaders. Change is possible!
Fr Anthony Ekpunobi, CM.