Homily: Why does God allow suffering?

Homily: Why does God allow suffering?
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Queen Esther is in an interesting spot in her life. On the one hand, her life has been one of blessing. She has become the Queen. This gives here a good life. On the other hand, her Jewish faith has put her in great danger. In some ways the source of her glory is also a great risk. Yet if Esther had done such great things, why is it that she was made to suffer? Why does she find herself in a place where she pours out her heart to God in desperate pleading? Saint Augustine says there are two reasons for our suffering. The first is that we receive punishment as a consequence of our sinfulness. The second is that suffering occurs in our life to keep us from getting too proud, which could be seen as our greatest threat. And by remaining faithful to God in the midst of our suffering, it is then that we also provide an outspoken witness to others about the power of faith.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

Homily: The Powerful Prayer

Homily: The Powerful Prayer
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Today Jesus gives us a lesson in prayer. The prayer, one we say often, is the Our Father. But do we really think about what we are saying? Do with listen carefully with our hearts to consider what the words we say mean for our lives of faith? The Our Father is a powerful lesson on prayer. First, it indicates that prayer is about a relationship with God. We pray together in a privileged way as God allows us to call him Father. Second, we pray that God’s kingdom will come. We may not realize that when we do so, when we pray for the coming of the kingdom we are praying for the fullness of God’s kingdom to come, namely the Second Coming of Jesus and our Final Judgement. Third, the pray implies a profound trust in God that God will take care of each one of us. And lastly, it reminds us of the deep connection between our forgiveness of others and our forgiveness by God.

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

Homily: A Campaign for Jesus

I already have a little doom that we are on the verge of another campaign season for president. So I was a little surprised yesterday when the opening prayer referred to Lent as a campaign. Why would it do so? If we think of a political campaign, the most successful are those where the image of the candidate and the message of the campaign are authentic. In other words, the candidate is what the campaign says. Lent then can be seen similarly. And the campaign of Lent is successful when we find ourselves becoming more and more like Jesus by what we do.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

Homily: A Campaign for Jesus

Homily: A Campaign for Jesus
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I already have a little doom that we are on the verge of another campaign season for president. So I was a little surprised yesterday when the opening prayer referred to Lent as a campaign. Why would it do so? If we think of a political campaign, the most successful are those where the image of the candidate and the message of the campaign are authentic. In other words, the candidate is what the campaign says. Lent then can be seen similarly. And the campaign of Lent is successful when we find ourselves becoming more and more like Jesus by what we do.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

Homily: Giving Up for Jesus

With the first day of Lent tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, it is a time when people are thinking about what they will do for Lent. It is common practice to make some type of sacrifice during the season. But what to do? The real purpose of Lent is to become closer to Jesus, to become more like him. And so the real purpose of “what do do for Lent” is to do whatever opens us up to become more like Jesus. It is about conversion. The disciples tell Jesus they have given up everything, but not as an example of willpower. No, they have given up everything to follow Jesus. When we think of this Lent, what do we need to do in order to more closely follow Jesus.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

Homily: Giving Up for Jesus

Homily: Giving Up for Jesus
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With the first day of Lent tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, it is a time when people are thinking about what they will do for Lent. It is common practice to make some type of sacrifice during the season. But what to do? The real purpose of Lent is to become closer to Jesus, to become more like him. And so the real purpose of “what do do for Lent” is to do whatever opens us up to become more like Jesus. It is about conversion. The disciples tell Jesus they have given up everything, but not as an example of willpower. No, they have given up everything to follow Jesus. When we think of this Lent, what do we need to do in order to more closely follow Jesus.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

Homily: Don’t lose sight of Jesus

When things get tough we can sometimes look for something to distract us. While this can be a good idea, it is also possible that the distraction can be worse than the tough situation. Such is the case with the disciples today. They do not know what to make of Jesus’ speaking of his death, and so they argue about greatness as a distraction. This is a point in the faith journey where it becomes all the more important to trust Jesus. It is when things get tough and stressed that we are invited to trust in Jesus for the greatest growth in faith.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

Homily: Don’t lose sight of Jesus

Homily: Don’t lose sight of Jesus
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When things get tough we can sometimes look for something to distract us. While this can be a good idea, it is also possible that the distraction can be worse than the tough situation. Such is the case with the disciples today. They do not know what to make of Jesus’ speaking of his death, and so they argue about greatness as a distraction. This is a point in the faith journey where it becomes all the more important to trust Jesus. It is when things get tough and stressed that we are invited to trust in Jesus for the greatest growth in faith.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

Homily: Not such an easy answer

Homily: Not such an easy answer
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Who do you say that I am? This is no doubt a question that we are familiar with from the gospels. Like most good teachers, Jesus starts with easier questions to build up to the challenging question. Who do people say . . . Does not require much personal commitment to answer such a question. It is simply an observation. But the personal answer — that indeed is important. The answer tells a lot about the relationship between Jesus and his disciples. How do you answer this question? There is no aspect of evangelizing that is more important than the answer to this question. So, who do you say that Jesus is?

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

Homily: Does God get fed up?

Homily: Does God get fed up?
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God certainly appears to be at “the end of his rope”, so to speak. He looks at all the evil in the world, and it seems the human project has not been successful. We too can find times where we get fed up even when the project seemed like such a good idea. Think of those moments when parents get frustrated with the actions of their children. Think of those moments when teachers get fed up with the actions of their students. But God is always loving. He loves us so much. Enough to send his Son to save us. And that is good news indeed.

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Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.