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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, March 11, 2016

March 13 Homily Prep

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-I will be celebrating mass this weekend at 8:00am and 11:00am

The Misapplication of Faith

The Pharisees, who are the teachers of the Law are not the least bit concerned about this incident of the sin of adultery in their community.  The Pharisees, who are the public keepers of the Law, are not at all concerned about ridding their community of such adulterous people. The Pharisees are not using their religious faith and authority to grow and protect their flock from the wolves of sin and error.

What the Pharisees are doing is using their considerable religious knowledge and their authority as teachers of the faith to destroy their brother rabbi, Jesus', credibility among their people.

The question for all of us who believe may be: are we misusing our religious faith in an effort to protect ourselves from something that is threatening our position, our standing, our comfort in the world?

What do you think?


JoyFuralle said...

I like the question you're asking, the direction you're going. Many times I am oblivious to what is being asked, not having a very good imagination without someone giving concrete examples. I try my best to live a life of love and grace, I do, so I always appreciate examples that allow me to delve more deeply into examining myself and shining light on gray and dark areas I may be blind to.

conscience exam said...

Your question is a good one. It makes me take a look at myself and ask if my response to things - especially at times when I may feel threatened (which would be the first indication that something is amiss - because that is simply an ego reaction!) is one of love and mercy. When love and mercy lead - there is never "misuse" at play because concern for power, control, self-protection is no longer in the equation. I think that our world that is concerned with winning and losing challenges this real point of religious faith.