Happy birthday: Homily for Friday, September 8, 2017

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Readings for Today

Who doesn’t love a birthday party? Today we celebrate the Mother of God.  And even a careful reading of her life makes her constant quest for God come clear.  She has this unbelievable quest before she encounters the angel.  She says “yes” because of her quest for God. Her quest for God is seen in the way she treats relatives.  Her love for Joseph shows her quest for God.

And we celebrate everything about her because of this quest.  She seeks God, and she helps us find God. She intercedes for us.  She leads us to Jesus because she loves him so much. She reminds us to always seek God.  In good times, bad times, and times in-between, she is the model to help us to see God and to seek him.  Holy Mother of God, pray for us, so that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Delighting in the grace of conversion: Homily for Saturday, February 13, 2016

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It cannot possibly be that THAT PERSON is a Christian! How easy it is to decide who is beyond conversion. Yet, it might even be us. But imaging how wonderful it would be if we all could celebrate God’s grace by throwing a big party when we find ourselves embracing God. Such is the case with Levi. And as Isaiah reminds us today, but turning our lives over to God, even darkness and gloom can turn to light and celebration.

Homily for Thursday, August 20, 2015

Readings for Today

Are you ready? The feast is set. Come, join in the celebration. There is nothing like a human celebration. Big moments of happiness are meant to be events that call for a lot of people to come. Couples who are getting married want to invite as many people as possible to join them. Priests and deacons who are ordained, brothers and sisters who profess religious life, people who reach significant milestones in their lives all want to make sure they are surrounded by people they love.

So imagine how much more God wants the celebration of eternal life to be filled with all those he has created because he loves. That is why God creates. It is because God loves. And true authentic love is meant, in fact it must, be shared.

Such is the way in which God is pictured in the Bible. He is the one who seeks out the lost, binds up the broken, heals the lame. It is God who seeks to gather those who have gone astray and has forgiven sins. God does all in his power to get our response to his invitation.

But just as we see in the gospel, we see today, that people do not always respond favorably to the call of God. We may think we are too busy, or too tired, or too unimportant or too important to pay any attention to God’s invitation. We may not understand how badly one who loves as powerfully as God loves, wishes to spend time with the beloved.

Couples in love understand this. So too mothers and fathers get it. Priests find this truth when they open their hearts to what God can do in their life, and in the lives of those he seeks to save. To respond to this generous invitation we must be as ready as things are for the banquet. We pray, seek silence, remain close to the sacraments, seek out the spiritually wise, and open our hearts in a way that says yes over and over again to God.

And so get ready. Say yes to God. He could not be more happy to see you.