Homily for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Readings for Today

You think too much.  Ever heard this? Usually this expression is used when someone takes a difficult situation and consider is simply too many options, and often those options that lead to poor outcomes. Perhaps today’s gospel is a reminder that sometimes our spiritual life we too need to avoid thinking too much.

Over the past few days, we have been reminded of sin. Sodom, Gomorrah, Tyre, and Sidon, Chorazin, Bethsaida.  These cities have been used as examples of those who did not fully allow their faith to take deep root in their attitudes and beliefs, that alone their actions. And we have reflected on the fact that these actions, attitudes, and beliefs, can be present in us too.

All of this can cause us to think. And such might be the great temptation of our age. It may be that we too often believe that we can solve every problem by ourselves. Less and less as Western culture admit a place for ministry or those things that cannot be seen. Perhaps we are simply thinking too much.

In today’s gospel, Jesus seeks to make it quite simple. In so many words, Jesus reminds us that true faith really is in the recognition that Jesus is the Son of God.  To have faith is not a matter of being learned or clever, but is rather a willingness to have a relationship with Jesus. And most importantly, this relationship with Jesus is open to anyone and everyone.

From time to time is important for us to have the simple messages. Today, find some time to open yourself to a relationship with the Lord Jesus.

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