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Homily for Sunday, August 30, 2015

There is an expression, it is what is on the inside that counts. There are times when we say that a book cannot be judged by its cover. There is a thought that for it to be possible to get to what is important, we need to get to the heart of the matter. Or, we need to look deep inside to reflect upon the most significant aspects of life. These expressions point out to us that we need to look past appearances on the outside to see what is real on the inside.

This is the message Moses delivers in the first reading today. He stresses to the people the closeness of God, and the importance of the heart in understanding the way of life to which God calls us. For it is there where God dwells. “For what great nation is there that has gods so close to it as the LORD, our God, is to us whenever we call upon him?”

But for me, and perhaps for you, the question becomes, how aware am I of this closeness of God? Do I take the time to look deep within, or am I too busy with tasks and actions to seek to discover the presence of God in my life, or to see how God is trying to move my heart closer to the life giving relationship that fulfills?

I do not know about you, but I find it difficult sometimes to slow down from the busy tasks that seem to be important. In fact, sometimes they are important. But sometimes I become surprised when I realize how quickly time has passed, and how much I have missed when I stop to think of all of the things I miss as a result. Even though I think I am about doing good things, too often I am tempted to be so busy that I lose sight of the priorities of the things I should really pay attention to in my own life. I work and work and work only to learn that I have missed out on the very things that are really important.

Homily for Thursday, August 27, 2015

I was in a school that required all students to take speech. One important moment in the class was when the students delivered their “hero” speech. While there were speeches that focused on what might be expected, there were a few speeches each year that identified heroes that might not have appeared likely when the topic of hero was considered.

When this time of year rolled around, usually early in the semester if I remember correctly, it got me thinking about baptism and confirmation sponsors, which I tried to present in programs as “heroes in the faith.” My point was to help people to think about those persons who had made a big difference in their lives of faith with God. I’d also ask my students to write about this same idea. I invited them to consider people they believed lived an authentic life of faith they could be considered a hero because of their faith in God. Often what they wrote was inspiring.

I thought of this as I read the first reading today. In writing to the Thessalonians, Paul is reassured by the accounts of faith he is hearing about them. While they may not yet be “heroes” in the faith, their lived witness reassures Paul that the constant presence of Jesus is active and alive in the church there. It causes him to be filled with gratitude for what God is doing in their lives.

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