A Heart Ready for God: Homily for Monday, December 18, 2017

A Heart Ready for God: Homily for Monday, December 18, 2017
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Readings for Today

With all of the revelations of sexual misconduct and harassment, today’s gospel presents us with the courageous man.  The real man.  Saint Joseph, who confronted with unbelievable news that Mary was pregnant — and knowing he was not the father.  And despite this, not wanting to shame Mary.  Not wanting to take out any sort of revenge on Mary. Because he was righteous, Joseph had a heart open to the presence of God. He was ready, so when God did speak to him in a dream, he knew who God was.

Are you ready for God? This is what Christmas is about.  It is not just being ready for an historical event.  It is also about being ready to welcome God into our heart.  Are you ready? Do you strive to be righteous? Do you seek to find the presence of God, and do you know God when he appears?

Homily for Saturday, January 3, 2015

Readings for Today

I do not know if you are a football fan, but Johnny Manziel has gotten a lot of press, not so much for his football playing, but because of what he does off the field. When accused of having a party before the last day of the season, he said this. “”It’s about action. It’s about being accountable and doing what I’m gonna say instead of looking like a [jerk].” I suspect we have all heard at least once the expression “Actions speak louder than words.”

While we do tell children to always tell the truth, we do not always do that ourselves. The successful husband is the one who knows that truth is not always what is requested. “Does this dress make me look fat?” Or, there are times when we eat a meal that maybe is not the most tasty. We clearly do not always tell the whole truth in such a situation. We do not always answer truthfully when someone asks us “How are you?” There are times when we do not want to really tell someone the honest answer to this question.

But there are many situations where we learn that actions must match the words we speak. Think of a man who tells a woman, “I love you,” but never backs up such a statement with actions, or worse yet, a man who says that to a woman and his actions are in fact hurtful. Children learn very quickly if the actions of their parents match the words they say. There are many instances where it becomes clear whether or not we really  believe what we say, demonstrated by the way we act.

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