Imagine what God could do with our trust: Homily for Friday, December 15, 2017

Imagine what God could do with our trust: Homily for Friday, December 15, 2017
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There are times when I cannot believe I do not trust in God more.  I cannot point to a single instance where God was not there for me. When I hear today’s readings, it makes me wonder what might happen if I fully trusted God. Think about it.  What would happen if all your trust was placed in God. Imagine how much the world could change if we actually saw Christ fully and totally in every person we met.

This is really the promise of Advent. God promises us happiness and fulfilment if we trust in him.  If we let God show us the way. If we want what God wants. Turn over your life to God today.  Let Jesus into your heart.  Great things await.

It’s Coming to an End: Homily for Tuesday, November 28, 2017

It’s Coming to an End: Homily for Tuesday, November 28, 2017
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It should not be surprising that as we come to the end of the Church year the readings too focus more on the end of time. We will hear from the Book of Daniel this week, and the gospels for this week also focus on how we need to prepare ourselves for the final judgment. The importance seen today is our inner disposition of faith and trust in God. Yesterday we had a miraculous example of trust from the widow.  Today the invitation is to us.

When people approach the end, they search for meaning. Sometimes this meaning takes the form of a life review, such as can happen when someone dies. The end of centuries and millennia can give rise to predictions about the end of the world. This week will help us to prepare for the end of the world, and for the coming of Christ.

Total Trust in God: Homily for Monday, November 27, 2017

Total Trust in God: Homily for Monday, November 27, 2017
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Trust is the basis for any relationship.  We can have no friendship without trust.  There can be no true marriage without trust. But the examples of trusting God in today’s readings seem unbelievable.  Daniel trusts in God to care for him because Daniel keeps the covenant. The widow gives all she has to live on because she trusts God. But is such trust even possible?

There was an amazing story a few days ago about a homeless veteran who helped a woman buy gas with his last $20.  Little could he have known at that time what would happen to him. She raised $315,000 for him after she learned who he was. He did not help for the money. In fact, had she not gone back to find him, he might never have gotten anything. And if there is such a thing as human goodness like this, just imagine how much more God will draw us into a deep relationship when we trust him.

Will you open your will to God: Homily for Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Will you open your will to God: Homily for Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Today we encounter a king that does not seem to be very kind. Rather, he seems harsh and demanding. This is a king that sets forth harsh conditions for his subjects.  It serves as a reminder to us that this life of faith is really about a stark choice for or against God. As we approach the end of the Church year, our focus is shifted to the end times, when the ultimate choice, and our ultimate judgment will occur.

The servant who fears the harsh master, who is not willing even to open the slightest hold to let God control his life, this servant cannot act even on what he knows to be true.  The others take the risk, and the outcome is good. Faith is like this.  We need to take the risk to trust in God’s providence that we can do what God desires, and so produce fruit for God’s kingdom.

Dishonest Wealth: Homily for Saturday, November 11, 2017

Dishonest Wealth: Homily for Saturday, November 11, 2017
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It is important to understand some background for today’s gospel, for on the surface it can be confusing.  What exactly does Jesus mean when he suggests friendship with dishonest wealth? I had to go to the footnotes in the New American bible to get some understanding.  It has been clear the Pharisees are no heroes of Jesus.  They know the Law, but they do not follow the Law. Jesus is careful to encourage people to listen to what the Pharisees say.

Jesus is also careful to encourage people to put their trust in God.  They are to follow the Law, both civil and divine, they are not to trust in money, for money alone will not save. And remember the heart is reserved for God alone.

It’s all about faith: Homily for Saturday, October 21, 2017

It’s all about faith: Homily for Saturday, October 21, 2017
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I am like a three-year-old.  I want to do things myself.  I do not want to be helped, even when that help could make things easier. Even though I know faith is easier when accepting God’s grace, God’s help, I like the control of doing things on my own.  And it is in this that I fail.  It is when I give in and believe it is not about faith in God, but rather about faith in my own works, it is then I turn my back on God and deny him.  And this is true in my faith life.

Yet Saint Paul makes it clear.  It is all about faith.  It is all about believing in what God can do. It is in recognizing the grace that God freely gives so that I can acknowledge him and what he is about. It is about trusting God.  God keeps His covenants.  God keeps promises. And God is ever so generous in helping us to believe.

The lowly: Homily for Saturday, September 9, 2017

The lowly: Homily for Saturday, September 9, 2017
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Saint Peter Claver was known for his tremendous care for the poor.  The office of readings today, part of the prayers priests and deacons pray each day comes from his description of his care for the slaves. He reminds us that before one can speak of faith, it is important to provide trust and care.  The description of his care and the later catechesis is beautiful.

In such a fractured country, we are reminded of the need to express care and concern for one another.  Without care and trust, not much else is possible.  And we do not trust each other.  We argue and we are divided. Perhaps we can heal and come together through the intercession of Saint Peter Claver.

True Power: Homily for Sunday, August 27, 2017

True Power: Homily for Sunday, August 27, 2017
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Ah, political power. Staff shakeups are not unknown.  They usually occur in times of trouble or crisis.  Sometimes leaders seek to get out of a crisis with “new blood” and a new way of proceeding.  Whether it is in fact really new or not, it provides a fresh start.

Today’s first reading is such a moment.  The city was under siege, and despite warnings from God, the king (and those around him) did not trust in God.  They sought security in military power and political alliance.  The ultimate outcome was the anger of Israel, the neighbor of Judah to the north, and the loss of political power, and ultimately, exile in Babylon.

Today’s gospel poses just such a choice to the apostles.  Will they follow Jesus, by declaring him Lord and Son of God, or will they trust in their own efforts.  Who do you say that I am?  We have the same choice today.  Do we follow Jesus, Son of God, and proclaim his name, or do we trust in something lower and not as powerful?  Who do you say Jesus is?

Power of Faith: Homily for Saturday, August 12, 2017

Power of Faith: Homily for Saturday, August 12, 2017
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Don’t sell God short.  It can be really easy to give up on God or to think there is a situation that is too hard for God to see us through.  Somehow we can sink to thinking that it is all up to us, and that only we can save ourselves.  Think of the disciples in today’s reading.  They had seen Jesus do all kinds of miracles.  How hard could it be?

Yet they failed.  Why? Because they did not believe.  They did not have faith.  And then Jesus reminds them: if you had even a little bit of faith, you could move mountains.  If we had a little bit of faith, imagine what we could do? We could move mountains.

Faith: Homily for Saturday, July 1, 2017

Faith: Homily for Saturday, July 1, 2017
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Do you have faith? Do you really believe God can do anything? Do you really believe that God will always do what is best?  Obviously, the thought that an old woman can have a child is remarkable indeed? It is so unbelievable that Sarah laughs. Abraham laughs.  But the Lord comes through, as always.  Faith is rewarded. Abraham and Sarah listen and ultimately believe.

What seems impossible in faith? What is it that seems unimaginable? Can you believe in God even when it is difficult?  When it is hard? Today’s readings remind us that for people of faith, God can do anything.