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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 6, 2012

September 9 Homily Prep

-Last Sunday's homily is available by email
-This Sunday's Scriptures can be found at >>>
-I will be celebrating mass this weekend at 4:00, (Sat), 8:00 and 6:00pm

-to make pained expression: 
to make an expression of pain with the face because of seeing or thinking of something unpleasant or embarrassing
-to move body back slightly: 
to make an involuntary movement away from something because of pain or fear
-an expression of pain: a facial expression of pain or fear.

It seems typical for our broken human condition to squeeze our eyes firmly tight claiming that God is absent - rather than open up our eyes in faith and see the God who is with us.

Life hurts and can be startling. It makes us wince. Wincing is a reflexive squeezing of the face and eyes In the response to some threatening event. Did you ever wince in fear of something you perceived was coming after you or at you but then you realized there was nothing really there? Like being the passenger in a car of a driver who is reckless, we can live life jerking at every turn with our foot pressing against an imaginary brake pedal.

Pretty "uptight". I think that's the way we walk through life...eyes closed in a wince against the threatening appearances of the world. In that posture or disfigurement we cannot see what is because of the fear of what we see.

Today we hear that for people of faith, there is no need to walk so fearful and contracted. In fact, such contracted, uptight, posture is precisely the thing that blinds us from seeing the answer to our fears - the God who has come to save us.

Can you ease your heart, mind, your body and your eyes by faith? If so you will join me in seeing the God who has promised to be with us always. It is not that God is absent, it is our self-defensive misconceptions that blind us to the God who saves us in every moment. Emmanuel.


Anon1 said...

In “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Steven Covey describes The Basic Change Model. He says that the way we SEE things, effects what we DO, which in turn effects what we GET. His point is that if we are dissatisfied with the world we live in, or the way things go in our own lives, we probably have to start by SEEING things differently. The Matador’s homily prep brings this point home. When I see fear as the way to rule my life, I am withdrawn and inhibited in my actions, and in return I experience a world that is distant and unloving. But if I work at changing my perspective of things and see that there is nothing to fear because there is a loving God who is in control of all things, I act in a way that is free – and I am available to love others. And what do I get? I get a life of abundance and love in return – with the presence of God more readily seen. It all makes sense – and survives the litmus test – but sometimes I have to really work at fighting the fear that works to block my view.

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