Readings for Today
These are days when it is not difficult to become afraid. Look at the world. There is crime all around us. There is fighting, war, and violence in many parts of the world. It is difficult to imagine any parent, when hearing about the sexual abuse crisis in the Church not to be thinking of the safety of their own children. You might be hearing questions about why you stay in the Catholic Church. So it can be reassuring to focus on God. Through the prophet Isaiah, God tells us not to give into fear, but to trust in him. In the gospel God opens our ears and frees us to speak. But it takes courage. Hear the word of God. Speak about the truth. And see the beauty and magnificence the Lord God has in store.
Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on September 8, 2018.
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