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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, August 26, 2016

August 28 Homily Prep

-Last Sunday's homily is available by emails
-This Sunday's Scriptures can be found at
-check out this week's LinC Letter at
-I will be celebrating mass at 4:00on Sat and 8:00am and 12:30pm on Sunday

What are you up to?

In both teachings of Jesus this weekend the basic question put to disciples of Jesus is this: what are you up to?  When one accepts the invitation to a banquet what are you doing as you enter the banquet. Are you there for your host and his occasion or are you trying to accomplish something for your own ego- satisfaction?

Same thing with your invitation/hospitality.  Why are you generous to others?  What are you doing?  Loving or building your reputation?  Wow.

Just asking what is your motive in every choice you make?  That's what is eternal.


JouFuralle said...

Great direction, great questions. I am realizing too much of my life is auto pilot ... Your questions make my conscience realize when I have not lived fully or given fully. Amazing grace! That I realize it, am CONSCIOUS of it, Blessed be God !!! And the more consciously & actively I participate in life I realize and understand how in the Mass we are also encouraged to 'full and active participation'. Wow! I am awestruck by that parallel.

How much MORE FULL life is when I am consciously choosing to live In Christ! Incredible!!!

The Matador said...

Great insight Joy. Thanks

Motive Check said...

As I considered what the difference might "look like" between loving or building my reputation, I could readily appreciate how grace is evident in the former - and not in the latter. Because when my actions are motivated by loving and my goal is wrapped up only in the interest of "the other", I am caught up only in joy with the anticipation of the event and at the event itself. Compare that to times when my focus is on myself and my own satisfaction, there is always a sense of anxiety throughout the whole experience. God is so very present in those joy-filled, other-centered moments and divine life seems to swirl within and around it all.

It helps me to recognize and admit the difference so that I can check my motives when sometimes I might enter into the "wrong one" even unconsciously (per Joy above!)!

Anonymous said...

When I first read your question: "What are you up to?" even before reading on, my first thought was that of love. When we love someone we like to know what they are up to so that we can share fully in them; in that which they are experiencing at the present moment.