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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.

Holy Suffering: Homily for Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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Readings for Today

There are moments in life where we find ourselves at a desperate place.  At these times, it seems that there is simply nothing more we can do.  They can be moments of such suffering that we are not even sure if we can bear it.  At other times, it is the result of such hardships that it seems too much.  It can be illness, tragedy, death, ruin, whatever.  What is it that can make suffering something that does not destroy but rather gives life?  Is there such a thing as holy suffering?

Suffering: Homily for Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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Readings for Today

Nothing can cause us to have difficulty in how we treat others and ourselves like death and suffering.  Yesterday we got a picture of the type of person Tobit was.  Faithful to God, concerned for the poor, ready to commit to his faith and in God even to death if necessary.  But today we encounter a different side of Tobit.  He has lost his sight when birds poop on him.  Scholars think that Tobit actually developed some type of infection similar to Pink Eye (conjunctivitis) only with much more serious consequences.  Not treated this more severe form of the disease can cause blindness.

Patience and Suffering: Homily for Friday, January 27, 2017

Patience. Suffering. These two words can both be words that remind us it is difficult to live life. That is because we all know that life is hard. Buddhism sees that as one of the Four Noble Truths. It is the rare person that does not suffer. Almost everyone suffers. Almost everyone experiences pain and difficulty. The life of faith means understanding that life is hard.

And yet people do not recognize this. We can feel singled out for a difficult life. It seems sometimes that we are the only ones who suffer. We can become jealous, or envious of what we think others have. Things seem to be easy for others. It can feel difficult for us. We need patience in our suffering.

At other times we can feel threatened by the suffering of others. We can think that they suffer because they are lazy. They suffer because they do not want to work. They suffer because they have defects in their character. In fact, it has become quite fashionable to blame the poor for being poor. It has become fashionable to blame addicts for being addicts. It can become fashionable to believe that people endure hardships and suffering because they want to endure hardships. Today’s first reading reminds us that being a follower of Jesus means patience in suffering, and accompanying those who suffer.

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Homily for Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It may not seem this way, but we live in an age of martyrs. People all over the world, but especially in the Middle East and in Africa are being killed simply because they are Christians. Speaking to the Shalom Community who sponsored a relay to raise awareness of the terrible persecution of Christians, the pope said this:

“Your itinerary on the streets is over, but what must continue on the part of all is the spiritual journey of prayer, intense prayer; the concrete participation and tangible help in the defense and protection of our brothers and sisters, who are persecuted, exiled, killed, beheaded, for the only reason of being a Christian.”

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