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-I will be celebrating mass this weekend at 4:00pm, 8:00am and 12:30pm
Do We Really Need a Change?
The experience of the transfiguration, the biblical story for this Sunday's mass, raises the question more than once as to whether or not we believe that this change about which Jesus is speaking ( repentance) is really necessary. Jesus of course announces his program/mission as "repent, the kingdom of God is near". But we must acknowledge and submit to his changing grace in our lives.
This word repent could be defined as "changing the direction in which you are looking for happiness". The fundamental word in that definition is "change". The Pharisees, the disciples, and we, the contemporary followers of Jesus, cannot believe that change is really necessary.
This lack of "repentance" ( The conviction and the affection for change) ties into the great year of mercy. We cannot experience the mercy of God until and unless we acknowledge our need of mercy. Do we really need to change?
In our parish vision for "every one add one" the first step of accomplishing that vision is "renew". Do we see the need to be renewed in our faith? To change or grow the way that we find fulfillment and happiness in our faith as Christians and Catholics in our parish life and communion of St. Albert the great
This idea of "repentance" or as we might say "change" or as Jesus discusses in the Gospel today transfiguration - changing in the shape of our appearance as the children of God- is at the heart of our ability to change. If we do not see the need to change ( repentance) we can not respond to God's call to change. God and God's grace does the changing but our acknowledgment/repentance is necessary for God to accomplish this change.
I know God is all-powerful however he will not change us without our inviting that change in our lives
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!