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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, May 14, 2016

May 15 Homily Prep

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-This Sunday's Scriptures can be found at
-check out this weeks LinC letter at
-I will be celebrating mass at 4pm on Sat and 11am on Sunday

Who you are is What is Sent!

 As I began mentioning on Easter Sunday, while Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, it is for us all about baptism. And baptism  is the means of our individual and collective conversion to life.

 We have begun every Sunday celebration in this Easter season with the recalling of our baptism and the sprinkling with water. In the waters of baptism,  we become a new creation. My question this Pentecost Sunday at the conclusion of this Easter season is: have we become who we are?

 Does our identity as the children of God, cause us to "walk always as children of the light" as the rite of baptism says?  Has our identity as members of one body, communion, caused us to enter this church today  recognizing ourselves as "temporarily separated and now re- constituted" members of an organic body in Christ  rejoicing in our communion and fortified to do what God has called us to do as one?  Does our identity as the body of Christ invigorate us to "go" and bear the life of Christ in our bodies  to every person, place, and situation we will encounter?

Pentecost is the celebration of God's chosen method (transforming unity) to turn individuals born and separated in sin into one face of mercy for the world and in the world. Have you seen His face on us? And do you see your face in us?

1 comment:

what to wear said...

As I read this I had a picture of us all at Mass following Parish Service Day - almost the entire church wearing smiles and blue shirts as a result of the time devoted to serving others. On that day particularly, I am aware of a unified "look of mercy" that we wear for the world and in the world.

And now as I look ahead to tomorrow - I am hopeful that the message to wear red is taken up. Not that "looks are everything" - but I do think that when we see "the church" dressed as one, it serves as a reminder of the bond we share. The readings that we will hear together and the bread that is broken and shared among us will no doubt work on our minds and hearts. Once dismissed, I am imagining the red stream flowing out from the doors of the church, renewed with a sense of giftedness to extend to those we encounter throughout the week.