Homily for Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Readings for Today

I do not like being dependent on others. While there are times when it is a good thing, there are also times where I do too many things myself when I would be better to let others help. And so the thought of having to be carried anywhere, to be so dependent upon others that I could not go anywhere without being carried by others, is not in any way an enjoyable situation for me. Every day, day after day, this man is carried to beg. Not only is he dependent upon others to move, he is also dependent upon others for sustenance. Were it not for others, the man would likely die.

But on the day we encounter this man, it is not the same old day. Today, he is carried into the presence of Peter and John, newly emboldened by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the new life of Jesus. While the focus of the story is the man healed, I find myself wondering about those that carried the man to the Beautiful Gate. Were these the same people as yesterday? Did they carry this man every day? What is it they hoped would happen for the man they carried each day? Were those who carried the man honest, or were they the type who might take some of what the man received in donations? Were they people who had cared for this man his whole life? Were they people filled with generosity? Were they themselves poor?

We simply do not know. What we do know is that on this day those who carried the man made possible for him a special encounter with God. Whether they were kind or not, what they did put the man in a place where Peter and John could make something miraculous possible in his life.

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Homily for Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Readings for Today

Have you ever wondered, if your name were to reflect significant qualities about you, what it would be? “His name first means righteous king, and he was also “king of Salem,” that is, king of peace.”” How is it that people would refer to me? How might they discuss you? Would you be able to live up to such a name?

Truth is, we have a name. Not only the given name we have, but the name we share because of faith, the name of Christian, of Catholic. And this name does carry with it the responsibility to live in a specific way. We cannot just live any old way. No, we have to live as persons who wish to follow Jesus, living according to that friendship.

Today’s gospel shows us the power of a relationship. For the Pharisees and Heroidans, this power leads them to evil. They simply cannot let go of their rigid understanding of the Law. For the man who was healed, the power of a relationship was the gift of new life. This power led not to evil, but to eternal life, to holiness.

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