Tag: eternal life

Cross: Homily for Friday, February 17, 2017

Cross. I don’t like the cross. In my heart of hearts, I’m a coward. I’m afraid. I find it hard sometimes to separate gaining the whole world, from gaining eternal life. I find it much too easy to be shortsighted. Seeing the immediate, the now, the things that seem so close and right in front of me, the things that bring immediate reward. I’m expecting a package from Amazon today. I’m really excited. But it’s not really something amazing, or tremendous. I doubt it will change my life. But I’m really excited.

But about the cross? I’m not so excited. I’m afraid. I don’t trust. I don’t trust Jesus, and I don’t trust God. Far too often, my focus is on myself, over what I can control, and over what I can do. And yet, during those breakthrough moments when I have been able to trust God the benefit has been far greater than anything I could’ve imagined. In those moments where I think back in my life and ask myself when has God never been there for me, I can say never. I can say that God has always been there for me. Despite my selfishness, God has always been generous.

So why do I have such a hard time embracing the cross? The cross of Jesus, change the entire world. When Jesus embraced the cross, and suffered death for you and me, salvation was open for all of us. Despite our sinfulness, holiness was possible. New life was given to us. Dear God, with whatever cross you give me today, help me to embrace it like your son. Give me the grace to say yes, to take up my cross, and follow you.

Homily for Sunday, August 23, 2015

For St. Thomas Aquinas, the will is most rightly used when God’s glory becomes more manifest in our world. In other words, what becomes particularly important, is that when it comes to choosing, ultimately every choice we make can only be evaluated with regards to the purpose for which the choices made. For human beings then, the choice is ultimately about whether or not one follows God, or makes choices that help us to move closer and closer to God.

The Passing of a Cardinal

On Friday morning, April 17, Francis Cardinal George, o.m.i., went to his eternal reward. Much will be said about his life in the days ahead, as the Church in Chicago provides the rich services that surround death, and the hope of eternal life. With the death of such a prominent figure of Church life in America, many will write about what they remember and recall. News stories will discuss his successes and failures as a leader. There will be statements made by Church leaders, political leaders and others.

But the passing of any person usually leads to the telling of stories, and I would like to take this occasion to tell of my experiences with Cardinal George, as limited as they were.I will leave the details somewhat vague, since they are really not very important. Suffice to say that I found myself, during my time as president of Fenwick High School in a situation that required a conversation with Cardinal George.

Homily for Monday, April 13, 2015

“Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God.” There is something about the presence of holiness that cannot help but be witnessed. Jesus has been doing signs and wonders, and Nicodemus cannot help but notice that he is a teacher come from God. I think of people I would identify as holy and it can also be clear to me that holy people have been sent into my life to help me see my personal need for conversion and forgiveness. It cannot be avoided. Holiness has an effect on us.

But I know also in my life that while the lived example of holiness can lead me closer to God, and can also find myself rebelling against God because the demands of living as God wants me to live can seem impossible, or, they require a change of life that I am not always open to making.

Homily for Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015

Readings for Today

We have a very important story to tell. The world, weary from too much evil, sin, violence, a lack of sharing even the most basic things, selfishness and greed, is tired. The world is weary, and it needs so desperately a word to rouse it. The stories of the world are all too often the same refrain, the same sadness, and have the same inability to lead anywhere significant. Think of the world for a moment.

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Homily for Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Readings for Today

The first days of the readings of Ordinary Time have been those discussing Jesus. An early challenge for the Christian Church was to deal with the question of how Jesus could in fact be God, while at the same time having suffered an excruciating death upon the cross. Not only excruciating in its pain, but in the shame that came upon the one crucified, and by extension, all of those connected with the one who had been crucified. For Jesus to have died in such a shameful way, how is it possible he could also be God?

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Homily for Saturday, January 10, 2015

Readings for Today

“The Lord takes delight in His people.” I do not know about you, but I have heard this refrain many times. This was today’s response to the psalm. But for whatever reason, today I really thought about what we were saying in the response. It got me to thinking: how often do we really think about the fact that God takes delight in us, His people. God takes delight in us. Really.

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Homily for Saturday, December 6, 2014

Reading for Today

I always find it interesting when there is a news story about someone who has winning lottery ticket for a big jackpot and the expiration date for the prize is almost there and they still have not claimed their winnings. I find it interesting because if I played the lottery (I rarely do) I could be that person who bought the winning ticket and did not know it was the winning ticket. I could easily place it somewhere and then forget it. I could be the one who had the winning ticket but forgot to cash it in.

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