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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, January 29, 2015

February 1 Homily Prep

 -This Sunday's Scriptures can be found at
-check out this weeks LinC letter at
 -I will be celebrating mass this weekend at 8:00, 11:00 and 6:00pm

Do We Recognize Him?

The demons recognize Jesus as the holy one of God. They fear him because they recognize his "authority" - Jesus is the human face of God.  The disciples and enemies of Jesus do not recognize him as the incarnation of God, the son of God, Abba Father.  This lack of recognition limits Jesus' authority or power to heal them.

It challenges me to wonder whether I have recognized Jesus as the very Son of God. What really makes me wonder is the fact that God has not healed me from my isolation, sin, selfishness, sadness.  Maybe I have never really recognized Jesus' power as God.

The call to submit my life to Jesus' mission. - reconciling all people IN God - is offered over and over in and through the Church. Again this week I have the chance to see Jesus as he is - Lord and Savior. Will I take the chance?


Anonymous said...

How do we recognize Him? Good question.

I too am challenged by your question.

How much do I really see the power of God in His Son IN the beautiful gifts He gives me: my dearest companion, our love for each other, our dedication to each other. How much effort am I putting into seeing, feeling, thinking of the power of God through Christ in my dearest relationship by holding on to the love between us that He give to me to help me from my isolation, my sin, my selfishness and sadness by constantly sharing our love with each other.

Good question.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your introspection. Your willingness without reticence gives great credibility and respect to you as a spiritual leader.

God is good.
Maybe we should not try to figure out God completely; it is a mystery of faith.

I don't believe selfishness and sin is connected with isolation and sadness - or in this direction. Jesus showed sadness, and sin was not attached.

We all need to be loved, whether it be in a marriage or a personal relationship of friendship. God calls us to be loved and to show love. When Jesus walked this Earth , His message for us was all about love.

Listen well to Him.
Maybe we should try to recognize the blessings He has put in our paths -- and the new blessings right in front of us !

Learn His way of love and mercy in the world so that we too may say and claim to Jesus -

" I know who you are ".

JoyFuralle said...

Sigh. I think I get it, but the 'religious language' leaves me scratching my head. What does "the call to submit my life to Jesus' mission. - reconciling all people IN God ". look like in daily life? Examples would help, I just am not understanding ...