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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!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

December 13 Homily Prep

-Last Sunday's homily is available by email
-This Sunday's Scriptures can be found at
-check out this weeks LinC letter at
-I will be celebrating mass this weekend at 4:00pm and 11:00am

 Look me in the eye…

 The official logo for the Jubilee year of mercy is a Christ figure, the good shepherd with humanity straddled on his shoulders. Uniquely, while there are two faces there are only three eyes.  The designer of the image as presented these two faces with a shared eye in the center to indicate the need for Christians to see one's neighbor as Christ.  That means we are to see our neighbor as the way Christ sees them and that we ought to see the neighbor as Christ to us.

 You know doubt recall the last judgment of Matthews gospel chapter 25 in which the Lord says, "when you have done these things to the least of my brothers and sisters, you have done them to me." John the Baptist's prophetic teaching to various groups in the society is the advent call to be merciful. The last judgment of Matthew 25 and John the Baptist today in this year of mercy call us to  The concrete expressions of mercy which we traditionally know as the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

 Do the corporal and spiritual works of mercy challenge you in your daily life? How many of these "works" do you practice on a weekly basis, for example?

 Let's make this year of mercy and this adventure time of Christian charity concrete-let's look at our neighbor especially the suffering one (remember Misericordiae) "in the eye" and with the "eyes of Christ".


JoyFuralle said...

Corporal & spiritual works of mercy are an easy checklist for me to think I'm doing good, and I think if we really want to grow it means putting on the mind of Christ, with the eye of Christ as you suggested ... Just starting with the first one on the list, feeding the hungry may mean a parent sitting down to dinner with their family instead of everyone grabbing something for themselves. It may mean taking a neighbor or a sick friend a meal. It may mean going to our community meal. Feeding the hungry can also mean giving attention to people who are hungry for companionship or conversation or simply our presence. Feeding the hungry might be calling or visiting my father-in-law or sending a note to my sister-in-law. Maybe the biggest thing I need to realize with mercy is while I think I might be 'carrying someone' with the corporal/spiritual works of mercy, it's Christ who is carrying us. He does the heavy lifting, makes our work light.

JoyFuralle said...

If this is a year of jubilee, I have to know what it's about, not simply what I THINK it's about ... So you challenged me with your writing, Father .... Had to look up definition ... And then synonyms AND antonyms because I automatically take words for granted, at surface level.

Mercy - compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm.
synonyms: leniency, clemency, compassion, grace, pity, charity, forgiveness, leniency, forbearance, humanity; soft-heartedness, tenderheartedness, kindness, sympathy, liberality, indulgence, tolerance, generosity, magnanimity, beneficence, mercifulness

Wow!!!! Now the logo makes more sense... And we are in need God's Grace to give as God does, not as I do! And since this Jubilee is so important, decided to check another source to see if there is more .... And there was...

Related Words humanitarianism, philanthropy; empathy, pity, sympathy, understanding; commiseration, favor, grace; benevolence, care, compassion, gentleness, goodness, goodwill, humaneness, kindliness, kindness, meekness, mildness, niceness, softness, tenderness; altruism, generosity, magnanimity, nobility; affection, devotion, love, worship

Near Antonyms hard-heartedness, mercilessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness, uncharitableness; reprisal, requital, retaliation, retribution, revenge, vengeance; venom, vindictiveness, virulence, vitriol; atrocity, barbarity, brutality, cruelty, sadism, savageness, savagery, truculence, viciousness, violence, wantonness; castigation, chastisement, discipline, punishment, scolding; abhorrence, abomination, detestation, execration, hate, hatred, loathing; cattiness, malevolence, malice, maliciousness, malignancy, malignity, meanness, nastiness, spite, spitefulness, spleen; animosity, antagonism, antipathy, bitterness, enmity, gall, grudge, hostility, jealousy, pique, resentment; bile, jaundice, rancor; hatefulness, invidiousness; coarseness, hardness, harshness, roughness. Who can't look at this list & pray, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!

lopsided cyclops said...

I like this teaching behind the logo of the Year of Mercy because, as JoyFuralle states so well above, without the aid of Jesus – without Christ carrying us and living in us – how can we accomplish these works of mercy we are called to live? To complement Joy’s list, I’m thinking for instance of the tired Mom who is exhausted from the day but still needs to love and care for her sick child. Or the Dad who takes on labor that does not match up to his interest or energy but knows that without it he couldn’t support his family. And certainly I’m thinking of all of the Christ-followers in the world who want to serve those around them and extend acts of mercy but in some way are lacking the means to do so. It’s Christ who carries them through, so that not only are their efforts accomplished but they are done so fruitfully. The shared eyes are genius on the part of this artist. For there are many times when we need to see things differently, when we may not understand something, but by asking Christ to help us see our path we can eventually make our way through the journey. It’s really the only way to go about life because as a certain South Korean priest would say, “I’m pretty sure that” His vision is better than ours anyway.

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