Last week's homily is in the library ->
-The scriptures for this Sunday are at USCCB.org->
-I am preaching at the 12:30pm Mass on Sunday only
I don't know where you were in 1986 when the earthquake hit Cleveland, but I had the unhappy experience of being at my buddy's apartment near Lake Erie. It was terrifying. I know it was nothing like the Haiti or the New Zealand quakes of late -but it was my only experience.
Having the earth under you become unstable is frightening. We could say the same about our life of faith in the church. Maybe some of you have had an earth-shaking experience within the church as well. That is terrifying too. When the church, the rock of our salvation, the barque of Peter, becomes for us unstable it is terrifying.
This Sundays scriptures encourage us to push through our perceptions of the world and our experience of the church and to rest our faith on the rock who is Jesus. I didn't say separate from our life in the world or our practice in the church - push through it with faith in Jesus - who never waivers.
As the Lenten season begins, I would like to call us to be rooted in the love of God and centered in the Eucharist....our rock. Let's make this the Year of the Mass. As we prepare to implement the new Roman Missal, how could we renew our life resting upon the rock of the Eucharist? It is our Catholic foundation.
Get into the ring! How this works...
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!