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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!

Friday, November 13, 2015

November 15 Homily Prep

This Sunday's Scriptures can be found at
-check out this weeks LinCLetter at
-I will be celebrating mass this weekend on Saturday at 5:30pm and 11:00am on Sunday

Ready, set.....

This apocalyptic scriptures call our attention to how things are going to "end for us". The typical question in this regard is "If you were informed that you had a definite time of life left on this earth, what would you do differently?".  St Thomas Aquinas is quoted to have answered "I'd finish this billiard game?"  In other words, those who live life in obedience to God's will don't need to amend anything.

St Pope John XXIII is famous for some very funny remarks. One was in response to the receptionist calling and saying, "there is a man here who claims to be the Lord Jesus Christ, what shall we do?"  Supposedly the Holy Father answered "look busy."

Our patronal feast day of St. Albert might encourage us to answer this question as a parish?  If the Lord was arriving this afternoon, what would we do differently to improve the Lord's encounter with us?  "Every One Add One" of course comes to my mind.

How might we start living our parish life more closely in line with the way we want the Lord to "catch us"? Live "ready"!


Anonymous said...

"Lord I am not worthy that you should enter..." is my first thought. I can do nothing to deserve His atonement yet because of Him I am worthy. Examination of one's life and current day, week... often does not reveal grave sins yet so many lost opportunities to show love, to invite others to experience the intense love, peace, forgiveness that comes with the Eucharist and Mass. How can I better share the beauty of God with others. Lord help me to show you to this lost world.

CWM-er said...

How timely are these apocalyptic readings on the heels of the tragedy in Paris. And then the Matador's question is a perfect guide for where to take our attention - how should we be living our lives if the end suddenly comes upon us and we are found face to face with Jesus? I am hoping for myself, my family, and my parish family that we will be caught up into serving as instruments of peace. While I can't fathom what it must be like to serve as the nation's leader at such a tragic time as this, I nonetheless gasped when I read the French President's response of revenge: "We are going to lead a war which will be pitiless." The timeliness of the Year of Mercy will hopefully inspire our world leaders to think differently so that the thirst for justice does not work against and harden hearts against the call to a solution of peace that is wrapped in a cloak of reconciliation with love and mercy as its fasteners. If we can keep our eyes - individually and parish-wide - on the Corporate Works of Mercy as our aim, instead of on the eyes of retaliation and revenge, I believe we will have a far better chance of finding our way into the encircling love of God.