-Last week's homly is now available at this link; August 17th Homily Audio
-The Scriptures for this coming Sunday are available at Sunday's Readings
-I am preaching this weekend at 9:30 and 12:30 on Sunday St. Albert Website
Can You Say It?
Last week I was asking if you can "see what I'm saying" emphasizing the need for us to have a picture of ourselves as "a communion of the faithful" dependent upon one another for our connection to God's Kingdom.
Jesus' question of his disciples this week reveals a more powerful aspect to this picture-thing. What if the person next to you at worship asked you the question Jesus asked the disciples....."who do you SAY that I am? Remember how God allowed Adam to "name" all the creatures on the earth. He had relationship with them, dominion over them, he named them. Remember Moses asking what God's name was - if you knew someone's name you could claim a relationship to them.
So, how is your relationship with the Body of Christ - right next to you? Do you see them and can you SAY that they are your brother and sister in Christ? Can you SAY that they are important to your relationship to God? Can you SAY that you have some power over their ability to meet God in this Eucharist?
There are four ways that Jesus wants to be recognized in the Holy Eucharist. In the Assembly, in the Priest, in the Word Proclaimed, and in the Sacred Species of Bread and Wine. The FIRST place is in the community gathered. Can you SAY who we are in Christ? If you can't SAY it then you canT claim to know it.
Who do you SAY that I am? That says a lot about who you SAY you are. This is powerful stuff.
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!