Tag: vocation

Priorities: Homily for Sunday, February 26, 2017

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Readings for Today

Priorities.  Living a good life means choosing the right priorities.  What is important to you? What activities matter to you? What people matter to you? What choices do you make about how you live your life? What choices do you make about which people get your time, your care, your concern?  Today’s gospel especially focusses on priorities and making those choices that matter for ultimate and eternal happiness.

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.  This line of the gospel makes it clear.  If your vocation is married life, then you seek the Kingdom of God in a way that makes you the best father, the best husband, the best mother, the best wife.  You make decisions based upon bringing yourself and those around you to Jesus.  You recognize that nothing is more important than living your life for Christ.

This is really what life is all about.  Yet, how often do we seek other things? How often do we seek Netflix, or social media, or games? How often do we first seek job and career success, money, success and wealth? How often do we seek to satisfy sexual desires, not as intended by God, but in pornography?  How often do we seek security for our family by working so hard we never see them?  How often is our quest first our smart phone, and not the people we find ourselves with?

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.  As we stand on the cusp of Lent, this is a good time to think about priorities.  This is a good time to consider exactly what is important.  This is the time when we ask ourselves if we are seeking God and his kingdom first, which causes us to value all of the right people and goals, or whether we allow ourselves to seek something far less.

Being Chosen and Making Choices: Homily for Friday, January 20, 2017

Being Chosen and Making Choices. It is interesting how the civil events of Today, the Inauguration of a new President, Donald Trump, and the reading from the gospel seem to interconnect. Today’s gospel is about being chosen, as Jesus chooses those who will work with him in proclaiming the Good News, and preaching the Kingdom of God. Just as the disciples were chosen by Jesus for a very important mission, and Donald Trump was chosen by the process of our Consitution, we too have been chosen by the Lord Jesus for something pretty important as well. As people who have been chosen, we also make choices. And if we are chosen, it is quite important to recognize that our choices are made from the choice God made in us. We are chosen. We are chosen by God who know us much better than anyone. God knows us better than we know ourselves. We pray today that in being chosen by God, God may guide our choices, so that they are consistent with the will of God.

Homily for Sunday, February 7, 2016

It is easy to forget that so much of our relationship with God is not dependent upon us. All we need to do is to place ourselves in the presence of God. By doing so, we both lose those sins and shortcomings that keep us from being the person God has created us to be, and we are able to be sent forth for the mission that God gives to only us. As we move into the season of Lent this Wednesday, let us place ourselves in God’s presence to receive the powerful and life-changing love of God.

Homily for Monday, August 31, 2015

Do you ever think of the most important day of your life? What is it? How would you describe it? And why would you suggest it is the most important day of your life? What is it about that day that causes it to rise above the others?

Certainly, on the one hand, we could look at the day we were born as such a date. Maybe it is even the day we were conceived. Without these events, our lives would be quite different, or would not even exist. But for me, when I think about such a date, I think about the day of my baptism. Like many Catholics, I do not remember my baptism, since I was only a couple of months old. But my spiritual life was profoundly changed on that day. I was born into new life, and it was because of this event, that my vocation came into view.

Two very important things happened when I was baptized. First, the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon me. Second, I was anointed. And those events made everything make sense in my life. Such may also be the same for you. You too may have been baptized, and you too received the Spirit and were anointed. You were given the great life of vocation.

Homily for Thursday, April 30, 2015

“If one of you has a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.” Do you ever see yourself as one being called to give a word of exhortation? Do you take seriously the obligation of baptism that we share, explain and at times defend the faith? Or, in the midst of conflict, do you see that as something left to others, like bishops or priests? Catholics do not have a deep and long history of seeing themselves as proclaimers of the Word. We have more of a tradition of remaining quiet, perhaps because of a long memory that we really did not need to worry about it. People came to the Church.

Homily for Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I do not know if you have ever thought of yourself as “set apart”, but today’s first reading made me think of the ways in which God describes the people of God. We are described as a people “set apart”. So while today it is the fact that Barnabas and Mark are set apart for a mission, the real truth is that each one of us, because of our baptism, has been set apart for some higher purpose. Our vocation, whatever it is, is the reality that each of us has been “set apart” for some particular purpose that God will use for the best.

Homily for Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Readings for Today

I do not like being dependent on others. While there are times when it is a good thing, there are also times where I do too many things myself when I would be better to let others help. And so the thought of having to be carried anywhere, to be so dependent upon others that I could not go anywhere without being carried by others, is not in any way an enjoyable situation for me. Every day, day after day, this man is carried to beg. Not only is he dependent upon others to move, he is also dependent upon others for sustenance. Were it not for others, the man would likely die.

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Homily for Sunday, January 25, 2015

I do not like to do what I do not want to do. And usually, for better or worse, I find a good reason to avoid doing what I do not want to do. Are you like that? Sometimes I waste more time trying to get out and avoid doing what I do not want to do that I am occupied by it more and for longer than if I just did it in the first place. Why is it that despite this repeated experience of wasting time avoiding what I do not want to do that I cannot change my behavior?

Homily for Sunday, January 4, 2015

Readings for Today

I love the nighttime. I am most awake at night. Just as some people like the morning because there are few interruptions, I like the nighttime for the same reason. There is a quietness for me to night. There is a feeling that nighttime causes a cocoon of comfort. At the same time, I like a lot of light. When things shine clearly, all is right with the night.

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Homily for Sunday, December 7, 2014

Readings for Today

I do not know of anyone who likes being sick. I know I do not. But not only is it bad to be sick, when I am sick, I feel like a scared little kid. I want my mom. There was something reassuring about having my mom around when I was sick. Unless it was a school day. Then it was necessary first to prove that you were sick. Well, not too much. Sometimes the sickness was obvious, like throwing up or diarrhea. Other times it involved a fever which also usually provided enough of a clue. There was the time I missed a week of school to pneumonia, and my parents suggested that after a week maybe I needed to get up an around to feel better. I was so tired of being stuck in the house I agreed. The problem was that while it did feel good to get out of the house on Saturday, the next day, Sunday brought the compression of multi-ton concrete blocks on my chest that is typical of being sick with pneumonia. I felt awful. The time with pneumonia was the only time ever I think I did not go to a Sunday Mass. (I even insisted on the day of my First Communion, even though I really was quite sick, that I felt well enough to make my First Communion that day. Unfortunately, I was really sick, and got sick and had to leave church. Oh well.

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