Tag: Beatitudes

Motivation: Homily for Monday, June 12, 2017

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Readings for Today

Two people face the same situation, with the same challenges, the same risks, the same potential reward.  Why is it that one person chooses to embrace the challenge, whereas the other person does not?  What makes for the difference?  Even the same person can be drawn to take on a challenge in one instance, and pass on a similar challenge at another time.  While the question of free will and why humans choose what they do may seem easy, it should be understood that there are a lot of factors that go into even making a simple choice.

Today’s readings focus attention on the question of motivation.  Why do we do what we do?  In the first reading, Saint Paul describes a series of reasons for his actions.  The gospel recounts the Beatitudes, a section of Matthew’s gospel many are familiar with, having heard and read it often.  What motivation will you have for what you do?

Humility: Homily for Sunday, January 29, 2017

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Humility. Knowing who you are and who you are not. Knowing yourself honestly. Knowing that you need others. Knowing that you need the help and love of others. Today’s readings present to us a different way of seeing the world, and of seeing life. Today’s readings focus on knowing the right relationship to which God calls us. Too often we hold to the notion that we always know what is best for ourselves. We know what we should do in every situation. It is simply what we think best. We are the final arbiter. We are the only one who knows what it is that we should do.

Today’s readings destroy this notion because today’s readings remind us that humility is the basic stance before God. We are challenged to wisdom. We are challenged to goodness. And we are challenged to a way of living that demands absolute trust in the Lord Jesus.

To be sure, to trust the Lord absolutely is difficult. It does not come naturally to a culture with a can-do attitude. It does not come naturally to a culture built on rugged individualism. We do not like to depend on others. And we do not always like the way in which God wants us to live.

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