Mornings are evil: Homily for Friday, October 27, 2017

Readings for Today

I have never liked mornings.  I do not like to have to get up early (as my mother can attest). I can have the best of intentions and motivations about what the next morning will mean, but at the time morning actually comes, I am weak. This has been a particular challenge in religious life, because things start early.  But my feeling about mornings, and my reactions to it, help me to understand better what Saint Paul says about moral and spiritual choices.

Saint Paul tells us that he sees the good but does the bad.  Now, he wants to do the good, but there are times when the bad seems good and so he sins.  The spiritual life can expose fickleness.  Just like Saint Paul, we can see the good and do the bad.  The only help we can find is the help that comes from grace.  Only with God’s grace, and our full cooperation with it can we both see the good and do it.

Motivation: Homily for Monday, June 12, 2017

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Readings for Today

Two people face the same situation, with the same challenges, the same risks, the same potential reward.  Why is it that one person chooses to embrace the challenge, whereas the other person does not?  What makes for the difference?  Even the same person can be drawn to take on a challenge in one instance, and pass on a similar challenge at another time.  While the question of free will and why humans choose what they do may seem easy, it should be understood that there are a lot of factors that go into even making a simple choice.

Today’s readings focus attention on the question of motivation.  Why do we do what we do?  In the first reading, Saint Paul describes a series of reasons for his actions.  The gospel recounts the Beatitudes, a section of Matthew’s gospel many are familiar with, having heard and read it often.  What motivation will you have for what you do?

Being Chosen and Making Choices: Homily for Friday, January 20, 2017

Readings for Today

Being Chosen and Making Choices.  It is interesting how the civil events of Today, the Inauguration of a new President, Donald Trump, and the reading from the gospel seem to interconnect.  Today’s gospel is about being chosen, as Jesus chooses those who will work with him in proclaiming the Good News, and preaching the Kingdom of God.  Just as the disciples were chosen by Jesus for a very important mission, and Donald Trump was chosen by the process of our Consitution, we too have been chosen by the Lord Jesus for something pretty important as well.  As people who have been chosen, we also make choices.  And if we are chosen, it is quite important to recognize that our choices are made from the choice God made in us.  We are chosen.  We are chosen by God who know us much better than anyone.  God knows us better than we know ourselves.  We pray today that in being chosen by God, God may guide our choices, so that they are consistent with the will of God.