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Things are not always what they seem

Things are not always what they seem

[audio mp3="https://www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/DPP00409.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today How can the poor be blessed? How can enemies be loved? How can persecutors be forgiven? The challenge with hearing the gospel is often that the gospel seems to turn everything upside down. Saint Luke the Evangelist is remembered, I think, for two significant reasons. First, there is his ability to bring the gospel to bear on everyday life. Second, it is his attention to those who have so little. And yet, they have a lot. How is it that God calls you today?
Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 18, 2018.
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What must I do to inherit eternal life? (7:30 am)

What must I do to inherit eternal life? (7:30 am)

[audio mp3="https://www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/DPP00407.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" What prompted the man to ask this question? What was he hoping Jesus would say? Did his "going away sad" last for the rest of his life, or did he seek to discover the meaning behind the command of Jesus to sell all he had? Have you thought about what Jesus might answer you when you ask the question? It might involve giving what you have to the poor, but it also might mean removing some other barrier to God from your life. The answer to this question is couched in wisdom. Do you plead and pray for wisdom? Do you seek to allow the Word of God to be living and effective in your life? Remove whatever keeps you from knowing the will of God from your life. Follow Jesus.
Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 13, 2018.
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What must I do to inherit eternal life? (6:00 pm)

What must I do to inherit eternal life? (6:00 pm)

[audio mp3="https://www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/DPP00407.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" What prompted the man to ask this question? What was he hoping Jesus would say? Did his "going away sad" last for the rest of his life, or did he seek to discover the meaning behind the command of Jesus to sell all he had? Have you thought about what Jesus might answer you when you ask the question? It might involve giving what you have to the poor, but it also might mean removing some other barrier to God from your life. The answer to this question is couched in wisdom. Do you plead and pray for wisdom? Do you seek to allow the Word of God to be living and effective in your life? Remove whatever keeps you from knowing the will of God from your life. Follow Jesus.
Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 13, 2018.
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Condemnation or Forgiveness: Don’t be stupid

Condemnation or Forgiveness: Don’t be stupid

[audio mp3="https://www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/DPP00406.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today While he could be, Saint Paul was not always known for gentleness. He concurred in the act of killing. He was bold in his speech. When he was sent off to Tarsus early after his conversion, the whole Church was at peace. And so, it should not come as a surprise that he calls the Galatians stupid. And, not just once, he does so twice. What is the cause of this outburst from Saint Paul? The Galatians wanted to go back to following the letter of the law, which leads to condemnation, rather than following Jesus, whose forgiveness and love can lead to eternal life. Do you follow Jesus and make yourself available for his love and mercy? Or, do you focus only on the letter of the law rules, and see only how you break them? Follow Jesus.
Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on October 11, 2018.
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Want what God wants

Want what God wants

[audio mp3="https://www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/DPP00401.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today Mother Theresa is known to have said that sin is wanting for ourselves something that God does not want for us. This quote does not simply refer to wanting something sinful. In fact, it can also refer to wanting a spiritual gift that God does not give us. It can frustrate us. It can make us jealous of others who have this gift. But any gift that God wants us to have is only good to the degree it leads us into deeper relationship with God.
Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on October 6, 2018.
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Let’s talk about vocations: Yours! (5pm)

Let’s talk about vocations: Yours! (5pm)

[audio mp3="https://www.deporres.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/DPP00403.mp3"][/audio] Readings for Today For some people, hearing a priest introduce a homily by mentioning the topic of vocations, means a homily on becoming a priest, sister or brother. And yet, while these are worthwhile vocations, most of the time there is a "checking out." Why? Because for many, they are married, already having answered their call from God. For others, they are too old. For still others, they are too young. It seems important for all Catholics to recall that we all have a vocation. And for many, today's readings stress the importance of marriage, the hurt of divorce, and the pain of mourning the loss of a long time spouse.
Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on October 9, 2018.
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