- There was no homily last Sunday
- The readings for this coming Sunday are at usccb.org->
- I will be presiding and preaching at 5:30 Saturday Mass and 12:30pm Sunday Mass
What are you hoping for?
The cause of our joy or the motivation behind our hope is what is lying at the heart of my reflection this week. St. Paul promotes 'encouragement' to the Thessalonians and he bases it upon a "good hope". "Good hope" was a mystery religion term for "afterlife". Paul is coopting the word and he means here "the coming of the Lord".
Resurrected Life is what Paul is pointing to - and it is not something for only those who have died. Rather, this Resurrected Life is a reality in which we now live - if we have died with Him.
As we come to the end of the liturgical year, it is typical that we would speak about the last things: heaven, hell, death, judgment. Heaven or Resurrected Life is something we ought to consider and see how it figures into our hope, our joy in daily life, our lack of anxiety, our peace.
Do you know the Resurrection from the dead? Does it impact your daily life?
In what are you hoping?