Faith: Homily for Saturday, July 1, 2017

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Readings for Today

Do you have faith? Do you really believe God can do anything? Do you really believe that God will always do what is best?  Obviously, the thought that an old woman can have a child is remarkable indeed? It is so unbelievable that Sarah laughs. Abraham laughs.  But the Lord comes through, as always.  Faith is rewarded. Abraham and Sarah listen and ultimately believe.

What seems impossible in faith? What is it that seems unimaginable? Can you believe in God even when it is difficult?  When it is hard? Today’s readings remind us that for people of faith, God can do anything.

Laugh: Homily for Friday, June 30, 2017

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Readings for Today

Abraham must have thought it strange indeed.  That after all of these years, God was going to give a son to him and Sarah.  He was old.  She was old.  Long past the time for thinking of parenthood.  And yet, their long hoped for dream comes true.  But it seems so incredible to Abraham, he laughs.  It is so unbelievable.

God asks us to believe the unbelievable.  God asks us to imagine eternal life with Him.  God invites us into a relationship that can be far more than we could ever imagine.  If we trust, as Abraham trusted, God will do incredible and marvelous things.  So go ahead, laugh.  For God’s love, power and care is too much indeed.

Homily for Friday, October 10, 2014

Readings for Today

When it comes to faith, how do we do we do? What I mean to say, is that when great things happen when we are engaged in some type of ministry, how is it that these results occur? When someone arrives at a deep insight in faith, because of something we said, or another person is able to get through a difficult time, because of the support that we have provided, just how is it that these great things occur? This is the question Jesus faces in the first reading today. He is doing miraculous things in his ministry. All kinds of wonderful things are occurring because of his actions and works. The temptation arises in the minds of some that this is all because of Beelzebub.

Jesus tells us something more. When we do these things, in our own ministries, namely supporting another, or helping someone to come to some insight about the faith, it can be tempting to think that these things are something that would’ve happened anyway. We can give in to the temptation that such things are merely coincidental. For persons of faith, what we are challenged and invited to see is that the world looks different through the eyes of faith.

So much of our faith life is really about how we see the world. On the one hand seeing the world through the eyes of faith is not to minimize those things that occur because we collaborate with God’s grace. On the other hand, it is to recognize that there are those things that occur, those insights that happened, and those miraculous events in our lives that can only be understood when we see them through the words and actions of Jesus in our lives and in our world.

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Homily for Thursday, April 10, 2014

Readings for Today

Whoever keeps my word will never see death.”  Jesus makes a very attractive statement in today’s gospel.  Death is all around us, and when we experience it, either on the news, or especially when it happens to someone we love, our lives are turned upside down.  It becomes challenging, and for some can cause them to lose their faith, or to end consideration of being a person of faith.  And so, never seeing death is an important promise.

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Homily for Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Readings for Today

Is there any other significant person in the Bible that has no spoken lines recorded?  It is hard to imagine.  But when we consider St. Joseph, he is a man who is not quoted as saying one thing.  All we know about him comes through somebody else.  People know him as Jesus’ father, we are told, not by Joseph, but by the writer of the gospel, that Joseph was having serious doubts and had decided not to take Mary as his wife, and by Mary herself we learn that Joseph was anxious at the disappearance of Jesus.  Further, Joseph does not “stay on the stage long” in any gospel. Shortly after Jesus turns twelve, Joseph exits.  There is not even any account of his death.  Joseph is the silent man.

But what we do know of Joseph in the gospels is that Joseph was a just man.  We see time and time again that Joseph displays his faith in God.  In these stories we come to see that while he may not be recorded as speaking much, he clearly spoke much by the way he lived his life of faith.  And in so many ways, that is the best speech that can be made.

All of the readings, through David, Abraham, and Joseph stress the promise. And in all instances, the message is clear: When God makes a promise, God keeps it.  Plain and simple.  David, Abraham, and Joseph all had difficulties, but in the end, all kept their faith in God that the promises made would be promises kept.  And so as we celebrate St. Joseph, let us remember his faithfulness, and seek to imitate that in our own lives.