Homily for Thursday, October 30, 2014

Readings for Today

How is it that we are supposed to understand the mysteries of God? How are we to make sense of our lives? Things seem to be so awful around us. The challenges we face seem to be too complex for an easy for us to arrive at a solution. What is our life about and how are we to protect ourselves from going astray by evil choices?

Great teachers are those who are able to make complex ideas understandable. Jeuss did this in telling parables, stories that made complex ideas easier to understand. For Paul, the example used for how to avoid that evil that can take us away from all that is good, away from Jesus. For Paul, the solution is presented in an activity as normal as getting dressed in the morning.

What does the Christian wear to be protected? First, and most important, the Christian wears the armor of God. While it may be counter to the tendency in the Western world to do for yourself, in the Christian faith, everything begins with an understanding that for all that is good we are completely dependent upon God.

The clothing that we wear is truth, righteousness and the gospel of peace. We also bring forth the shield of faith, the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

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