Presence of God: Past, Present & Future: Homily for Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Readings for Today

Finding the presence of God in your life is important.  What helps is to think of past, present, and future.  Today’s readings provide some help in that regard.  As we look back to the Old Testament, we can see how the plan of salvation was revealed by God.  Today, we can seek to find how God is active today.  And it is also the case that we can find the promises from God of how God is active tomorrow.  This is really the season of Advent in a nutshell.

On a personal level, our life if faith is no different.  We look back in our lives to see where we have experienced and felt the presence of God.  We engage in a life of prayer and the sacraments so that we are better able to find the presence of God today.  And through both of these experiences, we can see how God will be active tomorrow, for God keeps promises.

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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