The most recent daily homilies posted can be found here. We're working on making sure this is as up to date as possible. Generally speaking, the homily for each day is posted the night before.
Don't be a stranger. How often have you heard this said? Usually, it is a good thing to hear because it often comes from a loved one or friend. It is a sign that we are loved. Today's reading says something similar about our relationship with God. God says to us, "Don't be a stranger." God so much wants us to know how much we are loved.
I have never liked mornings. I do not like to have to get up early (as my mother can attest). I can have the best of intentions and motivations about what the next morning will mean, but at the time morning actually comes, I am weak. This has been a particular challenge in religious life, because things start early. But my feeling about mornings, and my reactions to it, help me to understand better what Saint Paul says about moral and spiritual choices.
Where are you going? Where do your actions lead? Saint Paul, in today's first reading makes the choice in our lives clear. We choose vice or virtue. We choose damnation or salvation. We choose selfishness or righteousness. But we choose. But a careful reading of Saint Paul makes it even clearer. We choose Jesus or we reject him. It is that simple.
Today's gospel refers to the need to be ready and awake for whenever the Lord will come, since his the exact time of his coming at the end of time is unknown to us. But this also refers to our day to day life, too. If we are not watchful, we can miss the arrival of God into our lives. We can miss those moments when God is present. We can have difficulty seeing how God is going to offer us eternal life, mercy or forgiveness.
The first reading today compares two men. The power of one of the men led to sin and death. The power of the other man led to salvation. How is it possible that two men could impact us so differently? Simple. The one powerful action by the fully human and fully divine man was enough to save. It overcame the detriment of the sinful action. We can be saved.