Tag: Kingdom of God

Homily for Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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What’s your excuse? We hear urgent words in the Scriptures. Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of Salvation! But for us, or at least for me, often it is not. I have excuses. “I cannot pray now because I have to get this done.” “I am too busy to help that person today.” “I cannot make time to hear this person’s story, because they will go on and on.” “I cannot accept the invitation of Jesus, because, well, I have decided there are too many other “important” things to do.”

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Homily for Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Ask any teacher what is a least favorite question from students, and I am sure many will answer with this question: “Will this be on the test?” There are many reasons why this question is so annoying. Perhaps for me, the most annoying reason is that what is usally impied by the question is that if it is not going to be on the test then I do not need to pay any attention to it.

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Homily for Friday, October 10, 2014

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When it comes to faith, how do we do we do? What I mean to say, is that when great things happen when we are engaged in some type of ministry, how is it that these results occur? When someone arrives at a deep insight in faith, because of something we said, or another person is able to get through a difficult time, because of the support that we have provided, just how is it that these great things occur? This is the question Jesus faces in the first reading today. He is doing miraculous things in his ministry. All kinds of wonderful things are occurring because of his actions and works. The temptation arises in the minds of some that this is all because of Beelzebub.

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Homily for Sunday, August 17, 2014

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How do you feel about the foreigner or the stranger?  When you hear about immigrants, illegal or otherwise, coming across the border, what is your first reaction?  Do you welcome them?  Do you try to learn more about the situation from which they come?  Do you lump them all together as if they were all exactly the same?  Do we find ourselves angry that countries are not accepting those Christians in Iraq who are being persecuted?  Do we believe there is no need to help other countries because there are enough poor right here?

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Homily for Saturday, August 16, 2014

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When I consider education, I consider elementary school teachers to be the most heroic.  They are with their students literally all day long.  There is no bell to signal release from a student with whom the teacher might not get along with, and if there is a particularly challenging mix of students in the same class, the teacher needs to figure it all out.  So what is it about a child that causes Jesus to use them as an example for the Kingdom of God? Because when you look upon a child, while there are moments when a person might call them “adorable”, there are other moments when they are anything but adorable.  What qualities then, do children possess that make them worthy of imitation of acceptance of the Kingdom of God?

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Homily for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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There cannot be two moves more different than today’s first reading in today’s gospel. Poor Jeremiah. Things are not going so well for him. This is not simply in a small way, but in fact in a way that is so significant Jeremiah even regrets his birth. As the prophet, he has the task of speaking words that no one wishes to hear. He is not a prophet that is popular, and he is not a prophet who appeases.  Yet in the gospel, we encounter someone who is so excited about the kingdom of God, they’re willing to give up everything for it.

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Homily for Saturday, June 21, 2014

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Do not worry.  While it is easy to tell someone not to worry, the fact that Jesus needs to address this in today’s gospel, in concrete and specific ways, means that is not so easy to avoid worry and anxiety in our lives.  Unlike yesterday, where the concern seemed to be as much about those possessions that are not needed for survival, today’s concerns are practical and concrete. Today’s concerns are necessary. We need clothing, shelter, food.

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