The homily

8th May 2020 - Is this my will or is this God’s will

I love the stories about the relationship between Thomas and Jesus. Early in my life I remember thinking,”I wonder why Thomas had difficulty believing when he actually lived at the time of Jesus.” For me, Thomas is that part of me which questions, “ Is this my will or is this God’s will”. “ How do I know this is God’s will for me?” “ Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” I have to remind myself about the power of quiet prayer. I want to trust and go in “a way” that, if it is God’s will for me, (whatever the IT might be) life will unfold according to God’s plan. “ Do not let your hearts be troubled you have faith in God; have faith also in me.”

 

6th May 2020 - Finding God in all things

As I was reflecting with today’s readings, I was reminded of the Ignatian value of “Finding God in all things.”

It started with Psalm 19 “The heavens declare the glory of God”.   Yes, the heavens, the earth, the animals, the trees, the flowers, the seas and sea creatures.  All of creation declare the glory of God.  All creation reminds us, shows us a bit about who, what and how God is.  The beauty, the grandeur, God’s love for us.  The heavens do declare the glory of God.

Then I went to our Gospel reading from John.  Jesus’ declaration that the Father is in him and he is in the Father is a reminder to me that we all carry God within us. God loves us all and is present within us.  We get to choose, however, to recognize this and enter into relationship or not.

Lastly, the reading from First Corinthians reminded me that God is in all of our experiences, even death.  It a message of the Paschal Mystery. How are we being invited to notice God in All Things today?

 

5th May 2020 - The message is clear

Once again, Jesus is questioned about his identity. Essentially, “Just tell us who you are.” Jesus responds by saying that he has told them previously that he and his Father are one, and that this has been shown through his works. Jesus then talks about faith and the importance of not only hearing his voice, but following him. His message is simple - It is through him and his Father that we are cared for and gain eternal life. Have faith in God and allow Him to guide us and we will never perish. Yes, doubt is natural, but by listening to and truly hearing the word of God we gain comfort and inspiration to move beyond. Just as the disciples were able to persevere after persecution and even the death of Stephen, so too can we. Yes, we will continue to confront struggles in our daily lives, but take comfort that we are accompanied by our Father. The message is clear – listen to the word, be strong in faith, and we will be in our Father’s hand. Makes me smile just thinking about it!

 

21st April 2020 - to live what we believe

After a long Lenten journey, and the celebration of Easter, we are not surprised that Jesus tells us we need the gift of life, and that this life will come from him. It comes not from what is "earthly," but from what is "above." It is a gift and it is a real re-birth. And it comes to us because he was "lifted up" in his terrible death on the cross, and therefore "lifted up" in Glory - so that we might have a new life, an eternal life.

I find the real challenge is to live what we believe. The "earthly" stuff is so very real, and it fills my daily life. What upsets me, disturbs me, makes me tense and angry, keeps me awake? Isn't it always some conflict, some jealousy, some competition, some hurt, some slight, some anxious fear? No matter how rational about it we try to be, no matter how hard we work at trying to "put it in perspective," we always seem to be "uncentered" by what is pretty earthly.

It is wonderful to hear our Risen Lord invite us to trust and to live the freedom that has been given us. There is an Easter joy in imagining not giving so much power to stuff that seems to seem to threaten, hurt or diminish me.

 

19th April 2020 – Divine Mercy Sunday

“On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.” (Diary of Divine Mercy, 699).

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