Why are we here? God’s Gifts!

Why are we here? God’s Gifts!
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Today was our “Mass of the Holy Spirit” at CBC, and so the readings were not of the day.  The first reading was from the prophet Ezekiel, 36:22a, 26-28. The second reading was from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans, 8:26-27. The Gospel Reading was from Saint John, 14:15-17. 

Why do we go to Mass? Why are we here? These questions can really haunt us when things are not going so well. These are questions that young people in particular are asking. With so much brokenness, why does it matter if I am here? What do I do when there is brokenness in my family, in my friends, in the world? Where is God? And why does it matter if I believe in God or not? What happens? At the start of the school year, this is a good time to seek God’s gifts, the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Homily given at Christian College Brothers High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on August 30, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Why are we here? God’s Gifts!

Why are we here? God’s Gifts!
Daily Homilies

 
 
00:00 / 13:23
 
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Today was our “Mass of the Holy Spirit” at CBC, and so the readings were not of the day.  The first reading was from the prophet Ezekiel, 36:22a, 26-28. The second reading was from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans, 8:26-27. The Gospel Reading was from Saint John, 14:15-17. 

Why do we go to Mass? Why are we here? These questions can really haunt us when things are not going so well. These are questions that young people in particular are asking. With so much brokenness, why does it matter if I am here? What do I do when there is brokenness in my family, in my friends, in the world? Where is God? And why does it matter if I believe in God or not? What happens? At the start of the school year, this is a good time to seek God’s gifts, the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Homily given at Christian College Brothers High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on August 30, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

You have all the gifts from God you need – make disciples

Readings for Today

It was the Christmas gift to end all Christmas gifts. So important to me was this Christmas gift, that I pulled the “nuclear option” with my parents: “If you get me this gift, I will never need another gift from you ever again.” Wow. Of course, after a few months, this toy lost its luster, and it is today probably in some landfill somewhere. At the tender age of 7, I had not yet understood how to discern what gifts were really the important ones. It can be like that with God’s gifts too. We have all we need from God to make disciples, but we often think we are unprepared.

Homilies given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on July 14 and July 15, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

You have all the gifts from God you need – make disciples

Readings for Today

It was the Christmas gift to end all Christmas gifts. So important to me was this Christmas gift, that I pulled the “nuclear option” with my parents: “If you get me this gift, I will never need another gift from you ever again.” Wow. Of course, after a few months, this toy lost its luster, and it is today probably in some landfill somewhere. At the tender age of 7, I had not yet understood how to discern what gifts were really the important ones. It can be like that with God’s gifts too. We have all we need from God to make disciples, but we often think we are unprepared.

Homilies given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on July 14 and July 15, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

You have all the gifts from God you need – make disciples

Readings for Today

It was the Christmas gift to end all Christmas gifts. So important to me was this Christmas gift, that I pulled the “nuclear option” with my parents: “If you get me this gift, I will never need another gift from you ever again.” Wow. Of course, after a few months, this toy lost its luster, and it is today probably in some landfill somewhere. At the tender age of 7, I had not yet understood how to discern what gifts were really the important ones. It can be like that with God’s gifts too. We have all we need from God to make disciples, but we often think we are unprepared.

Homilies given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on July 14 and July 15, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

You have all the gifts from God you need – make disciples

Readings for Today

It was the Christmas gift to end all Christmas gifts. So important to me was this Christmas gift, that I pulled the “nuclear option” with my parents: “If you get me this gift, I will never need another gift from you ever again.” Wow. Of course, after a few months, this toy lost its luster, and it is today probably in some landfill somewhere. At the tender age of 7, I had not yet understood how to discern what gifts were really the important ones. It can be like that with God’s gifts too. We have all we need from God to make disciples, but we often think we are unprepared.

Homilies given at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on July 14 and July 15, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Not Just Words: Homily for Monday, August 28, 2017

Not Just Words: Homily for Monday, August 28, 2017
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Readings for Today

Sometimes in reading the bible, the words we read can seem rather ordinary.  In fact, readings might not immediately catch our attention.  But today’s first reading reminds us they are not just words.  Listen carefully to the words of Saint Paul.  “For our Gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction.”  Whenever we proclaim the Word of God or pray over, it God speaks. Do you forget the bible is the word of God?

Saint Augustine did.  While today we remember him as a great saint, that was not always true.  Day after day his mother prayed for him.  God heard her prayers.  But it was the action of God that made this possible.  Only God was capable of so influencing Augustine he converted.  The movement of God in our hearts is still available.  God can still influence in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with much conviction.

Unity: Homily for Trinity Sunday, June 11, 2017

Unity: Homily for Trinity Sunday, June 11, 2017
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Readings for Today

There seems to be an awful lot of anger.  It appears there is not an issue that does not cause two people to get angry with each other.  It becomes difficult to bring up any issue in certain settings, because it is likely emotions will get out of control.  As a result of this anger, people might decide only to seek out those with whom they agree.  They might choose only to read, watch or listen to those news sources that share or confirm their own bias.  As a result, it can be even more difficult to find areas where a person can encounter a differing point of view.

Does anyone have a desire for greater unity?  More civility?  And in the midst of this anger, what’s a Catholic to do? How can Catholics both commit to the truth on the one hand, while on the other hand choosing the method of conversation and dialogue that leads another to listen? Perhaps the answer lies in the unity of three persons in one God.

Trusting the Promises – Homily for Sunday, June 4, 2017

Trusting the Promises – Homily for Sunday, June 4, 2017
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Readings for Today

I remember a special hospital room visit that changed my life.  There are moments when the presence of holiness becomes clear.  I lived with a priest who had not been feeling well for some time.  Eventually, he went to the hospital for tests and learned that he had a very serious and aggressive type of cancer.  After the doctor gave the explanation, I asked him how he was doing.  It was not about his physical health.  I will never forget what he said to me. “I’m glad it’s inoperable.”

That was really hard for me to believe.  How could he be glad?  And yet, he was.  His sister had a similar diagnosis and had recently died, and her cancer was operable.  But the operation really provided little.  “Besides,” he said to me, “I trust the promises.”

Today’s celebration of Pentecost is really about trusting the promises because of the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent: The Power of the Spirit (Tuesday, November 29, 2016)

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent: The Power of the Spirit (Tuesday, November 29, 2016)
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We can try to do everything on our own, or we can seek to allow the Spirit of God to enter into our lives.  Which is it?  Perhaps this advent becomes a time to discover opportunities to encounter the Spirit of God and the life-changing power the comes when the Spirit of God is encountered.

Readings of the Day