Tag: God

Weakness and Strength: Homily for Feast of Saint James, July 25, 2017

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Readings for Today

When it comes to our relationship with God, it can be assumed that suffering is no more.  That when we accept God, we will always and everywhere be free from suffering.  And yet, it does not take long to learn that sin and evil are still present in our world.  We discover that we are fragile and broken still.

It is only when we remember the victory of Jesus that things change.  Because we learn that it may be precisely because we are Christian that we experience pain and suffering.  But when we love Jesus, we realize that in these sufferings we are not alone.  That while we as humans are fragile and broken, God is not.

The Power of Thanks: Homily for Friday, July 21, 2017

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Readings for Today

If you are like most, there are many things in your life for which to be thankful.  Some are obvious.  We are thankful for people we love and care about.  Parents are usually grateful for their children, and vice-versa.  We might be thankful for a job, or a nice place to live.  But do we express this thanks to God?  Or do we take all of the people and things in our life for granted? It can be easy to do so.  The very fact we love someone can easily be forgotten.  We can assume they know how we feel.  Expressing to God and others our thanks is important.

But have you ever thought about giving thanks for those things that seem to be bad in our life?  For example, maybe there is that co-worker in your life that really gets on your nerves. Have you ever thought about giving thanks to God for that person? Maybe they are helping you to learn patience.  Or maybe what seems like a hardship is really a path to detachment.  By experiencing something negative, but searching for God in that experience, we can grow in faith.  So whether it is good or bad, be sure to give thanks to God today.

Homework: Homily for Thursday, July 13, 2017

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Readings for Today

Consider the call in today’s gospel.  “Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.”  This is quite the homework.  Thank goodness that like any good teacher, Jesus gives help.  We are never on our own.  We live in the Spirit, we receive grace, we have God’s love.

What does this mean for us? That even if we face hardship, persecution, difficulty or suffering, we will never do so alone.  God is always with us.  And remember: nothing is impossible with God.

Call: Homily for Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Readings for Today

Do you know you have a call from God? God knows what means fulfillment.  God knows what leads to eternal happiness.  But God’s call is not an order.  It is an invitation.  God invites us to be completely ourselves.  When we do so, we are God’s image. We are just what we were created to be.

What do you do to hear God’s call? What do you do to place yourself in the presence of God? Jesus spends the night in prayer before calling the disciples.  So too must we.

Letting Go: Homily for Thursday, July 6, 2017

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Readings for Today

When we have something wonderful, we want it to last forever.  Peter wanted to erect three booths.  Parents want their kids to stay little.  We want good experiences to last forever.  When it comes to happy things, letting go is difficult.  But it is necessary.

Growing means letting go.  Baptism meant letting go of sin.  Parenthood means allowing children to become independent.  Receiving God’s grace means being sent.  And true love means independence.  Receiving God’s grace means letting go of all that is not God.

Daily Prayer for Sunday, July 2, 2017

O gracious Lord Jesus Christ, though I, who am a sinner, in no ways presume on any merits of my own, and put all my trust in Thy goodness and mercy, yet do I fear and tremble in drawing near to the Table on which is spread Thy banquet of all delights.

Faith: Homily for Saturday, July 1, 2017

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Readings for Today

Do you have faith? Do you really believe God can do anything? Do you really believe that God will always do what is best?  Obviously, the thought that an old woman can have a child is remarkable indeed? It is so unbelievable that Sarah laughs. Abraham laughs.  But the Lord comes through, as always.  Faith is rewarded. Abraham and Sarah listen and ultimately believe.

What seems impossible in faith? What is it that seems unimaginable? Can you believe in God even when it is difficult?  When it is hard? Today’s readings remind us that for people of faith, God can do anything.

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