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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!

Friday, January 17, 2014

January 19th 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 9:30am and 6:00pm Sunday

I Did Not Know Him

Is it possible that those of us who claim to be the children of God, the members of the church, baptized Christians, like John the Baptist "do not know him"? How could John, who is so closely related to Jesus, claim twice in the Gospel text today that I "did not know him"?

I wonder if this all has something to do with this "familiarity breeds contempt"? What I mean is, that we finally realize at the latest revelation of who Jesus is that we have "not known him"?  That's a pretty honest and bold admission for those who are so presumably close to Jesus.

I wonder if this is not the danger of being a church person? Meaning isn't not possible that we have clung to some knowledge or impression of Jesus and operated out of that impression and only to find out now that we "do not know him"?
What do you think?


Anonymous said...


and it's painful to see people worshipping the church instead of worshipping God.

so to come to that point to find out 'we do not know Him', that we don't have the life He intended for us, is more than sad, it's emptiness. However, in the finding is indeed "The Good News" !

Thanks be to GOD.

it is relationship with Jesus that He reveals His Church, His Body, Himself, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.


Anonymous said...

How do we know when we see people praying that they are worshipping the Church instead of worshipping God ? Pain?
As long as you are in Gods Presence, that is prayer, no?
Please explain your statement.

anon 1 said...

Reading the Matador’s reflection makes me shudder a bit. Not to know Christ? Yikes. It makes me think of times we’ve heard about words from a troubled marriage – “I don’t even know you anymore.” The person who says it is likely implying “You’ve changed into a different kind of person – and I’m not sure I like it.” But SOMETIMES I wonder if there is another implication here. Is it possible that neither party has worked at continuing to know their loved one – in different ways and through different times?

Not only do people grow and evolve, but there are always new ways to better know the presence of God. This connects with the Matador’s reflection over the Advent and Christmas Seasons – in what new ways is God active and present? It seems that this is the challenge we should face every day – or we will suffer from not knowing Christ as fully as we can. God has given us a lifetime to come to know Him – to meet him in varied ways and to grow in holiness in doing so.

Anonymous said...

for: Anon #2,

being in God's presence is different than being in God's Grace as God is ever present.

Anonymous said...

very good...i like this a lot