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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Sunday Homily

Jesus prediction seems pretty frightening.  In the 1st reading, God sounds mean and/or angry.
He’s not mean.  He might be angry, in an okay and holy way. 
Anger (my advice during Confession).
Have you ever noticed how people “go off” on social media nowadays about some perceived injustice or whatever other thing makes them angry, and they are praised for it?  I find that an interesting contrast to the times in Scripture when God appears angry (for the right reasons and the right causes) and yet we might be quick to write it off or brush it away.
God wants to set things right.  God will set things right.  We will like it (or not like it) inasmuch as we have been doing things right.  If we are, then there’s nothing to be afraid of, but rather only something to rejoice in: But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.
The final exam of life is an open-book test.  St. Teresa of Kolkata (“Mama T” as we called her in college) puts the answer “in our hands” we might say, with these 5-words from the parable of the sheep and the goats: “You did it to me”
But it’s not about knowing the answers, it’s about living them.
The saints are great examples for us.  They lived the answers of the final exam.   (2nd reading):  Brothers and sisters: You know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you... we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us.
For Advent, you are invited to study our patroness.  Please consider learning from her how to love like Jesus in our world today.  The book is phenomenal.  I was actually reading it when Bishop Rhoades met with me to ask me to be pastor here.  It was a sign to me of God’s hand at work.
Get ready for the final exam, for we know not the day nor the hour.  You know the anwers to the test (you did it to me).  Let Jesus consume you when you receive Him today in the Eucharist.  Then you have nothing to fear in this life.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Sunday Homily - Zacchaeus and Identity

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Jericho – the oldest city continually-inhabited.

If you seek the Lord who is already seeking you, you will not be passed by. Your desire for God can even change His plans.

living from your identity.
World: what you do defines your identity. Your value comes from your productivity.
God: “If you remain in me, you will bear much fruit.” (Identity defines you, then living from that identity produces good works)

All of our sin comes from a corruption of our sense of identity. We forget who we are and whose we are. If we do it long enough we can even seem to lose our identity. We feel disconnected and isolated.
Jesus as the great healer of our souls comes to re-establish our identity and reconnect us with God (the original meaning of the word religion) and with each other.

God wants us. It’s all about this relationship.

Prayer is that daily relationship.