Seeing the presence of God: Homily for Saturday, December 16, 2017

Readings for Today

Our eyesight is really important.  Imagine how life would be changed if we could not see.  As important as our physical sight is, however, how much more important is our spiritual sight.  How much more do we need to open the eyes of our soul to see just how active God is in our lives. The beauty of the bible is that the presence and purpose of God is made clear to us.  The Lord’s plan is like that of a master builder making a masterpiece.

Do you make time to see God in your life? Do you ask God to open your vision to see where it is that He is active in your life? In the world? So much of the Advent season is being able to see how much God loves us, and how much God wants to do for us.


Homily for Monday, December 29, 2014

Readings for Today

Whenever families get together, invariably there is the telling of stories. One of the most precious faculties given to human beings is memory. Using our memory, we can make real, at least in some way, events in the past. In a way, our memory is a time of time machine. Memories often come alive with the telling of stories. The gospel today presents us with a powerful example of a person who remained true to the experience of God, both in the present, and in the memory of the promise made some time ago.

It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.” Over and over again Simeon wondered, I suspect, if today was the day. But it also seems clear that day after day Simeon remained faithful to God and the promise. We learn that Simeon was righteous and devout. And his constant search for God comes to fruition when he encounters not only Mary and Joseph, but recognizes in their son Jesus, the Christ. God has kept his promise.

Simeon could believe the promise because his memory made this promise real. He was able to experience again the encounter and voice of the Holy Spirit because he remembered the day, the moment, the encounter. His memory of God, and his present experience of God made clear the meaning and purpose of his life. In fact, we really know very little about Simeon. What gets remembered is his faithfulness to God and the encounter with the Holy Family.

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Homily for Saturday, December 20, 2014

Readings for Today

There is a power if one holds the key. There is of course, the obvious entry we can gain to a house, or a car, or a post office box. There is the ultimate symbolic gift a city gives — the key to the city. A key takes us places.

There is also the understanding that when something is key, it is critical, important, essential. In fact, that thing that is key is the very thing that is necessary, essential, the most important element to success. So what is the key of David? In short, if one has the key, there is the most important thing necessary. As a result, a key becomes a symbol of authority.

It is what we see when we encounter keys. There is the reference in Isaiah. There, in Isaiah 22:22, we see the promise of God will include a key when referring to the Messiah. In Revelation, the promise is repeated. And it is the keys to the kingdom of heaven that are given to Peter after his confession that Jesus is the Christ.

And so when we think of the key of David, we should think of the ultimate authority that belongs to God. Jesus has authority, and whenever we cooperate with the grace of God, we can share in that authority. This phrase also serves to remind us of something really important. We cannot act apart from the Church. It is not about just “Jesus and me”, but rather requires us to be attentive to the structures that Jesus gave us.

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