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Readings for Today

Today’s first reading is almost like a graduation speech. Moses, talking to the people on the verge of entering the promised land, reminds them about the love and care of God. He reminds them that God is close to them. And while hearing that something is “for our own good” might bring back some bad memories from childhood, the moral code that is given to the people is indeed designed to make them more happy and fulfilled. It is also designed to help them to learn about priorities. By following God’s law, the people learn about the import of human dignity, prayer to God, and a grace filled life. Today, ask God to help you to discover those things that are really important.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on September 2, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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Readings for Today

Today’s first reading is almost like a graduation speech. Moses, talking to the people on the verge of entering the promised land, reminds them about the love and care of God. He reminds them that God is close to them. And while hearing that something is “for our own good” might bring back some bad memories from childhood, the moral code that is given to the people is indeed designed to make them more happy and fulfilled. It is also designed to help them to learn about priorities. By following God’s law, the people learn about the import of human dignity, prayer to God, and a grace filled life. Today, ask God to help you to discover those things that are really important.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on September 2, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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Readings for Today

Today’s first reading is almost like a graduation speech. Moses, talking to the people on the verge of entering the promised land, reminds them about the love and care of God. He reminds them that God is close to them. And while hearing that something is “for our own good” might bring back some bad memories from childhood, the moral code that is given to the people is indeed designed to make them more happy and fulfilled. It is also designed to help them to learn about priorities. By following God’s law, the people learn about the import of human dignity, prayer to God, and a grace filled life. Today, ask God to help you to discover those things that are really important.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on September 1, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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Readings for Today

Today’s first reading is almost like a graduation speech. Moses, talking to the people on the verge of entering the promised land, reminds them about the love and care of God. He reminds them that God is close to them. And while hearing that something is “for our own good” might bring back some bad memories from childhood, the moral code that is given to the people is indeed designed to make them more happy and fulfilled. It is also designed to help them to learn about priorities. By following God’s law, the people learn about the import of human dignity, prayer to God, and a grace filled life. Today, ask God to help you to discover those things that are really important.

Homily given at Our Lady of Lourdes, University City, Missouri, on September 1, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Thoughts for Sunday, December 8, 2013

Readings for Today

One thing I remember about high school was the opportunity to debate essential and important life questions.  This usually happened in study hall (which for my high school almost always put us in the cafeteria), when we were tired of playing “paper football”.  I am referring to really important questions, like, “If Superman and Spiderman got into a fight, who would win?”

For me the answer seemed obvious.  Of course Superman with his X-ray vision and his other super powers would win.  It seemed so obvious.  But others were not so convinced.  What was clear, we all longed for the abilities of superheroes.  But, what exactly is a hero?  Is a hero only the stuff of comic books?  Or, is there a notion of hero that is deeper, and in fact possible for human beings to achieve?

Dictionary.com refers to a hero as a person of distinguished ability or courage, and someone who is seen as a model for others.  In that sense, it is in each of us to be a hero.  The first reading describes the characteristics of one who is given over to the life in the Spirit of God.  Wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength and fear of the Lord are some of the characteristics discussed. The hero of the first reading will not judge by hearsay, and will judge the poor with justice.

St. John the Baptizer, described in the gospel, is also a hero.  While we might not find his diet of grasshoppers and honey too appealing, they remind us of the best and worst times in the lives of the Jewish people in the Old Testament.  Locusts were one of the plagues described in Exodus, and a land flowing with milk and honey was the covenant of the promised land.

Pope Francis is a hero as well.  I am sure many of you saw the photograph of the pope hugging and kissing the man whose face was so disfigured.  His words and actions challenge us over and over again to be heroes, especially to those people who seem the least likely to be heroic.

The trip to the desert to hear St. John the Baptizer was one where the destination provided a difficult challenge to those who listened to his words.  Yet while the message was hard, people responded in large numbers.  Indeed, only those who came out of curiosity, looking for a trap to set for John may not have been moved by John’s words.

When I taught confirmation classes, I stressed to the students in these classes to seek out a sponsor they would describe as a “hero in the faith.”  Someone who they were able to look upon as a person who made decisions from the deep reservoir of a life lived in relationship with Jesus.

Advent quietly seeks to invite us to become heroes.  Not heroes like Superman or Spiderman, but those heroes who bring out the best that God can give them, the very gift of themselves to God and others.  This advent, become a hero.