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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 29, 2016

Homily Prep January 31

-This Sunday's Scriptures can be found at
-I will be celebrating mass this weekend at 5:30, 8:00am and 6:00pm

Loss is Life in Christ, or vice Versa!

I am thinking that the Nazarenes are rejecting the truth that "loss is a part of life with God". I struggle with that same truth. How many people have turned against the church because our church preaches Jesus crucified?  How many Catholics have been lost to God because the church DIDNT preach "loss is the path of Christian life"?


three l's said...

I am thinking that your latter question is more common. And then, to make the message even more challenging,I believe that people are resistant to hearing the message that "loss is the path of Christian life" - so the former holds truth, too!

Just the other day I was in conversation with someone about the divorce rate and it seems to me that so often the cause of the divorce is related to your message here. It is hard to accept "loss" as a path. Along with that acceptance comes sacrifice of all kinds - sacrifice of dreams that will never come true. We build up an imagination of how our future will be and the world encourages us to think that our hopes and expectations take precedence over commitment to another. But a life of loving includes "loss" - and in the loss we find God very alive and beautiful.

The Matador said...

Very helpful. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Father (and three I's). As we give up and sacrifice for our beloved one, the greater and clearer we see the two as one sharing in the beauty of God, sharing His Heaven with Him together.

Anonymous said...

Loss is a part of Life-- a Life in Christ. Joy and Love are also a part of Life in Christ. Don't push for a loss a sacrifice - by your will. Rather listen and See for God's Will to happen.

Anonymous said...

While I know the point of the reflection is not of "dreams", but as I read the comment regarding "dreams" my heart was provoked to write this for all those whom God brings together in a special way as a couple.

Dreams are of God too. He gave us the capacity to "dream" dreams in all their splendid beauty. Most think that if they are not "physically living out" a dream, that it is not coming true while in reality as we have the capacity to dream it; to think it, it is already being lived within us. We just need to have the eyes to see that the interior IS reality.