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Get into the ring! How this works...

This is easy! Each week on Thursday I post my homily 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, September 15, 2011

September 18th Homily Preview

-last week's homily available below on video
-the Sunday scriptures are at>
-I am preaching at 5:30pm and 9:30am Masses


JoyFuralle said...

Here you go, Father . . .
magnify v. , -fied , -fying , -fies . To make greater in size; enlarge.

transitive verb
a: extol, laud;
b: to cause to be held in greater esteem or respect

Archaic: to extol; to glorify; praise: to magnify the Lord. (funny that this is archaic)

Word origin: via Old French from Latin magnific─üre to praise; see magnific ]

What struck me is the living and dying. One is not better than the other, it's ALL gain. For to me life is Christ, and death is gain. Win-Win. Not what the culture teaches & believes & lives.

This to me is very Catholic: Nothing is insignificant or dismissed as unimportant. Win-Win. Christ is in every moment. As you said, "imbued with the dynamism of Christ" . . . whether we view it as good or bad, with Paul we should be saying, "For to me life is Christ, and death is gain."

anon 1 said...

I always appreciate the helpful reminders of what makes Catholicism different from other faiths. I saw an inspiring video once that was teaching what it means to live a Christian life. At the end of the video the viewers are challenged to assess themselves with this question, “When others see you in your daily actions, can they see evidence of the risen Jesus in you?” In other words, by what I say and do on a regular basis, when I am happy or not, when things are going “my way” or not, is Jesus magnified through me? Do I project the presence of Christ in me, and in my life? It’s a good question for any Christian. But I like it that the Matador reminds us of our connection with Christ and with each other in the Body. It challenges me to consider if my day-to-day words and actions are magnifying that kind of faith. Am I caught up not in my own life – but actually allowing myself to be “caught up” in the work of redemption and magnifying that action of Christ in my life? That is a bigger question.