Tag: love

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.

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.

Surprise: Homily for Friday, July 7, 2017

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Readings for Today

If there is one constant in the gospel, it is surprise.  We never seem to know what Jesus is going to do next.  He spends time with tax collectors and sinners.  He cures on the Sabbath. He calls the unlikely.  Time and again, Jesus does the unexpected.

And most disciples would also say that Jesus surprises in personal life too. He comes to us in unexpected ways.  He encourages unexpected behaviors.  He turns the world and its values upside down.  And he always leads us to what is beyond anything we can expect.

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 Thursday, June 29, 2017

Act of Charity

O my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because you are all-good and worthy of all my love.  I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you.  I forgive all who have injured me and ask pardon of all of whom I have injured.  Amen.

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.

Fear: Homily for 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 25, 2017

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Readings for Today

It is very easy to feel afraid these days.  There are so many violent events in our world. London. Paris. Brussels. Moreover, we read about so much crime.  People getting shot.  Even Congressmen.  If you live in a big city, especially like Chicago or New York, it is not hard to read about crime.  It is always in front of our eyes.  We can be afraid economically.  Will I have a job? Will I be able to afford health insurance? Will my family be ok?

There is also a moral challenge. How hard it is to speak the truth when people do not want to hear it? How hard can it be to stand up for what is right? This is the problem faced by Jeremiah in today’s first reading.  He is being persecuted, even threatened with death, for simply speaking the message God gave him.

And yet, Jeremiah helps us in our fear.  He trusted in God.  So too should we.  While there are certainly many powerful things that cause us to fear, God is more powerful.  God is stronger.  God is indeed more than anything that can be thrown into our way.  Often, it can be that when we give into this fear, and act from it, that we make our worst decisions.  We need to remember the words of Saint Paul, who assures us that the love of God is more powerful than anything we can imagine.

It begins with love: Homily for Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 23, 2017

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Readings for Today

Do you feel unlovable?  Do you ever wonder if God loves you only because of what you can do?  Do you ever think that maybe if you worked harder, had more accomplishments, became more important, if you did these things you would really earn God’s love? It is interesting how easy it is to fall into the trap of this way of thinking.

Truth is, that we can do nothing to earn God’s love.  We are not loved because we are important, or rich, or famous.  Moses reminds the people of Israel of this in the first reading.  It was not because you are the largest of all nations that the LORD set his heart on you and chose you, for you are really the smallest of all nations. It was because the LORD loved you. God loves us because God loves us.  As we celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus today, think about how much God loves you.

Fasting: Why do we fast? Homily for Friday, March 3, 2017

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Readings for Today

Fasting.  Well, it is Friday after Ash Wednesday and it is time to fast.  Well, more accurately, it is time to abstain from meat.  Either way, you might be wondering why it is that we do this.  Why is it we fast from things?  And why do we make a decision to abstain from meat?

These questions are common.  And these questions are the opposite of what the world tells us.  We can be tempted to give in to materialism, to greed, to selfishness, to getting more and more stuff.  After all, he who dies with the most stuff wins, right?

And yet, when love is involved, we understand why we fast.  Sacrificing is done when it benefits someone we love.  Parents sacrifice for kids.  We exercise, fasting from sitting on the couch and getting lazy.  We do not always eat what we want so that we can be healthy.  But, do we consider the fasting that is demanded by holiness?  Do we seek the Lord’s way? Do we think about God’s place in our own lives?

Fasting helps us to become more aware of the presence of God.  When we give up something for a greater good and a greater purpose, it is easier to see what God wants from us.  It is easier to look around us and to see what God gives us.  By fasting, you open our eyes to God.

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