Tag: grace

Revenge: Homily for Saturday, July 15, 2017

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Readings for Today

It can be difficult to avoid revenge. When someone harms us we want to get back.  If someone hurts us, we want to hurt them.  Being a Christian means rising above this.  Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek.  Jesus tells us to pray for persecutors.  Jesus tells us to love enemies.

But this is not possible completely on our own.  It is only possible with God’s grace.  God gives us the means to do this.  Joseph could have taken revenge on his brothers.  But God’s grace enabled him to see a greater plan of God.  Since we can in no way be greater than Jesus, let us hear his words.

Hard: Homily for Friday, July 14, 2017

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Readings for Today

Buddhism starts with a statement.  “Life is hard.” Seems so obvious.  But it is not just Buddhism that recognizes that life is hard.  So too does Jesus.  Consider the call in today’s gospel.  “Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.”  Not too hard, right? And yet, in human life is not illness, death, and evil among the things that keep us from God?

And so the message that God is with us means removing these things.  God removes what separates us from his love.  God gives life. So when God calls you to do something hard, God also gives grace.

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.

Jealousy: Homily for Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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Readings for Today

Most of us do not like to admit when we are jealous.  Jealousy is not a pleasant emotion.  We are not proud of ourselves when we are jealous.  Perhaps this is because we know that jealousy focuses on what we do not have.  We are jealous when people have what we want.  We are jealous when we love someone who does not love us.

The antidote is to focus on what we have.  And for persons of faith, we have all we need, as we have God’s grace.  And since God’s grace is available to all, there is no need to be jealous of grace.

Save Us!: Homily for Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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Readings for Today

There are so many things to worry about.  The news is filled with tragedy, crime, war, violence and other bad things.  These things are all around us.  Save us! Please, Lord.  This is the most important thing we can say.  And both readings today remind us of this truth.  Today we pray for the grace to ask God to save us.

Daily prayer for Monday, July 3, 2017

O St. Thomas, the Apostle of India, Father of our faith, you spread the light of Christ in the hearts of the people of India. You humbly confessed “My Lord and My God” and sacrificed your life for love of him. We pray to you to strengthen us with love and faith in Jesus Christ so that we may dedicate ourselves totally to the cause of the kingdom of justice, peace and love. We pray that through your intercession we may be protected from all trials, dangers and temptations and be strengthened in the love of the Triune God, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Journey: Homily for Sunday, July 2, 2017

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Readings for Today

It has been said that life is a journey.  It is used as an analogy because we often know little of what lies ahead.  We can be surprised by wonderful happy moments or sudden tragic sadness.  Sometimes, in fact most of the time, life is ordinary.  Just like any trip.

The first reading focuses on seeing and recognizing the presence of God.  and because of our baptism, we can see the world in a way, because of God’s grace, where we never journey alone, since we are led by God. Through good and bad, thick and thin, happiness and sadness, and even the ordinary, God is always there.

Grace: Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, June 29, 2017

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Readings for the Vigil

Readings for Today

These two very important saints, Peter and Paul, are two wonderful stories of grace.  It was the working of the grace of God that made it possible for these saints to become so holy.  Peter is the clumsy leader with a big heart.  He is on the one hand, very eager to serve Jesus, but often gets in his own way.  Even though he betrays Jesus, he loves Jesus.  He is able to accept forgiveness, and his enthusiasm and love of God does great things.

Paul is a story of grace too.  He goes from persecuting Christ to following him.  His eloquent speech, and his zeal for the faith are well known, since he wrote so much about his work.  Both saints remind us that God’s grace does great things.  Both saints were great leaders.  Ask them to pray for continued great leadership in the Church.

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