Imagine what God could do with our trust: Homily for Friday, December 15, 2017

Readings for Today

There are times when I cannot believe I do not trust in God more.  I cannot point to a single instance where God was not there for me. When I hear today’s readings, it makes me wonder what might happen if I fully trusted God. Think about it.  What would happen if all your trust was placed in God. Imagine how much the world could change if we actually saw Christ fully and totally in every person we met.

This is really the promise of Advent. God promises us happiness and fulfilment if we trust in him.  If we let God show us the way. If we want what God wants. Turn over your life to God today.  Let Jesus into your heart.  Great things await.

Rules: Homily for Friday, July 28, 2017

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Readings for Today

I do not like rules unless I make them.  I like to do what I want to do.  I think I know best.  I think I know what I should do with my life and how I should act.  But I am not always right.  Sometimes I make errors.  In fact, often that is the case.  The first judgement about a person is not always right.  Engaging in a certain behavior does not always lead to happiness.

Why? Because my perspective is limited.  I do not see God clearly, and what I do see, unless I am open to God is clouded.  I sin.  I judge others unfairly.  I choose behaviors that seem good at the time, but lead me astray.  If I could only trust God enough to see the world as he does, I would be happier and more fulfilled.  And for that, I need to follow the rules of God which lead to life.

Homily for Thursday, November 27, 2014

Readings for Today (These are the readings for Thanksgiving Day (USA)

You have probably heard the quote from Meister Eckhart, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” In a way, this is true. It’s true for a variety of reasons. When I think of the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded always at the meaning of the word Eucharist is thanksgiving. This it’s an important reminder for me, because it seems to me that in understanding this quote by Meister Eckhart, we need to remember the for Catholics, the primary action of Thanksgiving is the Eucharist.

This is not simply an awareness that we need to be grateful for what we have, as important as that is. It is an awareness, that the most important way we can give thanks to God, is in the celebration of the Eucharist. Why is this so? In order to understand this concept, it might be helpful to turn to St. Paul the apostle. In writing to the Corinthians, Paul reminds us that when we consider the notion of the body of Christ, it can be interpreted in two ways. First of all, of course there is the person of Jesus Christ himself. This understanding of the body of Christ, reminds us of Jesus present in the Eucharist.

But, of course, there is Paul’s famous observation that the body of Christ can also refer to the people of God. Each one of us is a member of it. And so when we think of the action of Thanksgiving, our minds are naturally raised not only to the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, but also to the presence of those people only love and care about, part of this great august body we refer to as the church.

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