Category: Daily Homily

Hard: Homily for Friday, July 14, 2017

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Readings for Today

Buddhism starts with a statement.  “Life is hard.” Seems so obvious.  But it is not just Buddhism that recognizes that life is hard.  So too does Jesus.  Consider the call in today’s gospel.  “Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.”  Not too hard, right? And yet, in human life is not illness, death, and evil among the things that keep us from God?

And so the message that God is with us means removing these things.  God removes what separates us from his love.  God gives life. So when God calls you to do something hard, God also gives grace.

Homework: Homily for Thursday, July 13, 2017

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Readings for Today

Consider the call in today’s gospel.  “Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.”  This is quite the homework.  Thank goodness that like any good teacher, Jesus gives help.  We are never on our own.  We live in the Spirit, we receive grace, we have God’s love.

What does this mean for us? That even if we face hardship, persecution, difficulty or suffering, we will never do so alone.  God is always with us.  And remember: nothing is impossible with God.

Call: Homily for Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Readings for Today

Do you know you have a call from God? God knows what means fulfillment.  God knows what leads to eternal happiness.  But God’s call is not an order.  It is an invitation.  God invites us to be completely ourselves.  When we do so, we are God’s image. We are just what we were created to be.

What do you do to hear God’s call? What do you do to place yourself in the presence of God? Jesus spends the night in prayer before calling the disciples.  So too must we.

Bias: Homily for Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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Readings for Today

There is a lot of conversation these days about “fake news”. Yet rather than increase attention on the truth, it seems more likely it only exposes our own bias.  News we agree with is real.  News we disagree with is fake.  In doing a research study, there is a caution about confirmation bias.  This means being careful we do not see what we expected to see.

There is a bias present in the gospel.  The Pharisees cannot experience the power of God because their bias gets in the way.  They are threatened by Jesus, and so they must discredit everything he does.  But imagine how their lives might have been different had they gotten over their bias to see the experience of God.  Pray for the clarity to see God in your life.

Touch: Homily for Monday, July 10, 2017

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Readings for Today

Touch. Contact. Relationship. Trust. There are so many ways to think about what we encounter in the gospel. If only we can touch the cloak of Jesus.  If only Jesus would touch the girl and pray for her, she will be healed. If we only come in contact with Jesus, then we are made whole.

If there is a common thread in all of the sacraments, it is the encounter with God.  And just as the gospels describe concrete encounters with Jesus, the means of grace in the sacraments come in very concrete ways.  Water cleanses. Oil heals.  Promises unite. Bread means life.  How will God come to you today?

God’s Plan: Homily for Saturday, July 8, 2017

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Readings for Today

Sometimes when we read a story in the bible, it can result in a surprise for us.  Today’s first reading might be an example. Deception is used to further God’s plan.  The father is tricked.  The younger son receives the blessing.  But despite this deception, God’s plan is fulfilled.

When we think of God’s plan for us, it often is not clear until we reflect back over our lives. How is it then we discover God’s plan? Perhaps the best way is to put ourselves into the place where we will come to know God and what he wants.

Surprise: Homily for Friday, July 7, 2017

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Readings for Today

If there is one constant in the gospel, it is surprise.  We never seem to know what Jesus is going to do next.  He spends time with tax collectors and sinners.  He cures on the Sabbath. He calls the unlikely.  Time and again, Jesus does the unexpected.

And most disciples would also say that Jesus surprises in personal life too. He comes to us in unexpected ways.  He encourages unexpected behaviors.  He turns the world and its values upside down.  And he always leads us to what is beyond anything we can expect.

Letting Go: Homily for Thursday, July 6, 2017

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Readings for Today

When we have something wonderful, we want it to last forever.  Peter wanted to erect three booths.  Parents want their kids to stay little.  We want good experiences to last forever.  When it comes to happy things, letting go is difficult.  But it is necessary.

Growing means letting go.  Baptism meant letting go of sin.  Parenthood means allowing children to become independent.  Receiving God’s grace means being sent.  And true love means independence.  Receiving God’s grace means letting go of all that is not God.

Jealousy: Homily for Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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Readings for Today

Most of us do not like to admit when we are jealous.  Jealousy is not a pleasant emotion.  We are not proud of ourselves when we are jealous.  Perhaps this is because we know that jealousy focuses on what we do not have.  We are jealous when people have what we want.  We are jealous when we love someone who does not love us.

The antidote is to focus on what we have.  And for persons of faith, we have all we need, as we have God’s grace.  And since God’s grace is available to all, there is no need to be jealous of grace.

Save Us!: Homily for Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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Readings for Today

There are so many things to worry about.  The news is filled with tragedy, crime, war, violence and other bad things.  These things are all around us.  Save us! Please, Lord.  This is the most important thing we can say.  And both readings today remind us of this truth.  Today we pray for the grace to ask God to save us.

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