Homily for Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Readings for Today

How often do you precede a big decision by entering into prayer? How many of you who are married asked God if the person you to whom you are married is the person who will lead you to a life of holiness? Have we thought about praying before taking a new job? When we went to college, did we pray about what we should study?

Such an attitude about prayer is what Jesus models for us in choosing the disciples. He spends the night in prayer before calling individuls to be his apostles. This significant and important moment in the life of Jesus is preceeded by prayer. In giving us this example we are reminded how important it is to seek life’s most important questions before God, knowing that when we connect our lives to God’s grace, we can become more and more the person God made us to be.

Truth is, that God wants to give us the grace to help in every aspect of our lives. For when we turn our lives over to God, we open ourselves to become a dwelling for the Spirit. For when we open our lives to God, it is then that we find our true home. When we depend only upon ourselves, in many ways we are those strangers and aliens who do not have a home.

Our home can only be true if it has a solid foundation. We are built upon a foundation upon the Apostles and the prophets. And all is kept together because of the Son of God, Jesus.

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Homily for Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Readings for Today

Yesterday we identified the problem. We saw the program. And today we witness the solution. The problem of course, if you remember was the observation by Jesus that the people were like sheep without a shepherd. They were directionless, and leaderless. At the end of yesterday’s gospel Jesus notes the need for spiritual leaders.

And what is it that he does? Prays. his program does not involve the creation of slick posters or clever marketing campaign, it does not involve strategic plan for deep thought, it involves simply asking “the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.” It is simple. ¬†We need to make sure that we ask.

In today’s gospel, Jesus identifies those individuals that will go forth to proclaim the kingdom. We will come to know that Jesus is not chosen perfect individuals. Some are impulsive, some have designs for power, and many will take some time to understand the purpose and mission of Jesus. But because Jesus suggests asking the Master of the harvest to send those harvesters necessary to reap the fruit of the kingdom of God, we can presume that what Jesus almost in each of these individuals was faith.

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