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This is easy! Each week on Thursday I post my homily idea...my main focus for preaching this coming Sunday. What I am hoping for is a reaction from people in the pews. Does my "focus" connect with your daily life, faith, and experience? Or not? Either affirm the direction I am going in (by giving me an example from your life) or challenge me, ask for clarification! Questions are the best! Reaction rather than reflection is what I'm looking for here. Don't be afraid, get in the ring. Ole!



Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lent III - Holy Ground

The Homily from last weekend can be found at http://www.archive.org, search keyword Estok, Titled: Lent 2 - February 28, 2010

I am celebrating mass on Saturday 3/6 at 4:00pm and on Sunday 3/7 at 8:00am.

The readings for this Sunday can be found http://www.usccb.org/nab/030710.shtml

I am thinking again about encounter with the God who loves us. Moses meets up with God in the holy place of the burning bush. God is revealed in this meeting to be the God "Who Is". Holy Ground. Moses' encounter with the living God reveals who God is and it changes or 'exposes' who Moses really is - the one called to lead Israel to freedom - Holy Ground.

I am thinking that during this Lenten season 2010 we are being invited again to meet the God "Who Is" on Holy Ground - encounter. In doing so it is revealed to us who we really are. Encounter with God who is Truth reveals who we are and we are Love.

The teaching of Jesus in the gospel says that if we know WHO we really are then the fruit of that reality ought to reveal it. If we meet God Who Is Love and we discover again that WE are in His loving image - then the fruit of our lives will be the love we bear.

What do you think?

4 comments:

Tara C. said...

I think you nailed it! (But you always do!)

Fr. Ed Estok said...

Tara
thanks for the endorsement. Keep the faith!

Jim said...

Well said... I am thinking that love is the fertilizer for our tree as well as the fruit.

RON F said...

AFTER LISTENING TO YOUR HOMILY REGARDING MOTHER THERESA'S ENCOUNTER WITH GOD I NOW KNOW WHERE THE ARMY GOT THE SLOGAN "BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE".THOUGH WE MAY NEVER BE SO BLESSED AS TO RECEIVE SUCH A "THEOPHANY" IN OUR OWN LIVES,I THINK THAT WE NEED TO BE AWARE OF THOSE SUBTLE PROMPTINGS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT ARE URGING US TO BE THE ONE TO FORGIVE OR TO SHARE JESUS WITH A NEIGHBOR OR TO BE THE ONE TO RECONCILE A STRAINED RELATIONSHIP. I'M THINKING THAT IF WE IGNORE THESE QUIET MANIFESTATIONS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT URGING US TO BE CHRIST TO OTHERS WE RUN THE RISK OF WALKING THE ROAD THAT LEADS TO LUKEWARMNESS IN OUR FAITH AND NOT "BEING ALL THAT WE CAN BE" IN CHRIST.