Tag: Change

Conversion: Homily for Wednesday, February 8, 2017

God wants me to change. God wants me to repent. God wants me to change my ways. I need conversion. I need to change. When I come to the realization that there is something that needs to change in my life, I face a choice. I can change the superficial, or I can really work deep within myself to change the evil that is in my heart.

That is the focus in today’s readings. We can focus, as the Pharisees did, on the external actions of little consequence. Or, we can seek to really change ourselves into really better people. This is the change that really is difficult. It is not easy to change our hearts. It is not easy to change our attitudes, those attitudes that keep us away from Christ.

But today we are challenged to seek the change that comes deep in our hearts. We are called to cast away very difficult things. The gospel list covers just about every way in which we can be away from God. It covers just about every way we can abuse others, treating them in a way like objects. We can see people only as a means to get what I want, as objects, slaves, that exist for my pleasure, or we can see them as people made in the image and likeness of God.

The purpose of a life of faith is to live in a real way this relationship with Jesus in an authentic way. We are called to imitate Jesus and his attitude toward people because he is the Son of God. We are called to get to know him better so that we are able to grow in faith. Today, remember the first word of the gospel. Repent.

Conversion: Homily for Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Is there any conversion story that is more dramatic than that of Paul? First, he is the least likely candidate. He has persecuted Jesus. He has rounded up his followers. He concurs in killing. He is a zealous Jew who feels the threat from those who believe in Jesus. He is the candidate for conversion? Really?

Today serves as a very powerful reminder that God and God’s grace are indeed all-powerful. God’s grace can soften the hardest of hearts. God can accomplish the unbelievable. God can work miracles. This is true even with me. And you. God can work marvellous deeds if we open our hearts.

We need to be ready. We need to embrace the challenge. We need to seek out the conversion. Because God comes anytime. Anywhere. Anyplace. When we have even a little bit of faith, we recognize what God can do. God is ready to help each of us to turn away from our sins, just as he helped Saint Paul. God is ready to lead us in the direction of fulfillment, just as he did with Saint Paul. God is ready to change our hearts, turning them away from sin and toward love. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the time of salvation. Go forth and open your heart to God.

Homily for Thursday, April 23, 2015

When I think back over the changes that have occurred in my life, it is kind of amazing. I find it interesting when I remember certain things that would seem quite strange to kids today. (I am kind of sounding like an old fogey, aren’t I?) There was the rotary phone, then the ever modern “touch tone” phone, to today where we have to distinguish what type of phone we are discussing since there are those who do not have the old-fashioned “landline”, but only have a cell phone.

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