Homily for Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Readings for Today

Have you ever wondered, if your name were to reflect significant qualities about you, what it would be? “His name first means righteous king, and he was also “king of Salem,” that is, king of peace.”” How is it that people would refer to me? How might they discuss you? Would you be able to live up to such a name?

Truth is, we have a name. Not only the given name we have, but the name we share because of faith, the name of Christian, of Catholic. And this name does carry with it the responsibility to live in a specific way. We cannot just live any old way. No, we have to live as persons who wish to follow Jesus, living according to that friendship.

Today’s gospel shows us the power of a relationship. For the Pharisees and Heroidans, this power leads them to evil. They simply cannot let go of their rigid understanding of the Law. For the man who was healed, the power of a relationship was the gift of new life. This power led not to evil, but to eternal life, to holiness.

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Homily for Tuesday, April 22, 2104

Readings for Today

Whom are you looking for?”  Such a simple question, that demands a powerful answer.  It is clear from all of the resurrection accounts, that there had to be something quite different about the resurrected Jesus.  So often his closest followers do not recognize him.  Whether it is today’s account near the tomb, those who go fishing with Peter seeing Jesus on the beach, or the disciples on the road to Emmaus, it takes a while for the reality that Jesus is indeed risen from the dead to sink in.

I spoke to this yesterday in explaining the celebration of the Octave.  Today’s gospel provides a very important point.  When is it that Mary recognizes Jesus for who he is?  When Jesus calls her by name.  And so it is with us, too.  We too are called by name, by Jesus, into a deeper and saving relationship with him.  But it is not a generic call.  It is not a call that applies to “everyone over there”, or all who live in this or that city.  It is a powerfully unique and individual call, given to each of us, in a way we can understand.

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