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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!

Friday, September 2, 2016

September 4 Homily Prep

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-I will be celebrating mass at 5:30pm on Saturday and 9:30 and 12:30 on Sunday

"I can SEE you"

Remember Miss Barbara on Romper Room when we were kids?  She did that crazy thing at the end of the show when she help up a mirror and then pretended to be able to see through the TV screen into the living room and she would call out everybody's name.  "I see Bobby, and Susie, and Ricky, and Eddie..." ok, well she never said Eddile, but you remember.

I think this pretending kind of messes with our minds.  Here we thought we could look into the TV and see her and she turned it around on us and appeared to be looking "in on us".  Transparency - to be able to see through.

I believe Jesus' challenging saying in today's gospel is the invitation for us to peer through the created realities of our lives and to see God in all of it and under all of it.  To love and serve and celebrate life BECAUSE God is under, beneath, behind, and at the end of all of it.  Life must become more transparent for the disciples of Jesus.

The danger is to love, serve, or celebrate andthing in life as if it were an end in itself.  Opaque.  To see people, plans, things as goods inandof themselves is to be deceived.

What do you think?  Do you see through the most important things in life, like Miss Barbara, see through them as if they were transparent and see God's behind them


Anonymous said...

"What are you up to" and "I can see you" so beautifully intertwine within me. As I wake up in the morning my first thought, my first feeling; that which I am getting up for bring these two questions together as it is receiving the Eucharist; sharing the Eucharist within with my dearest one is what "I am up to" and whom I share with so deeply and dearly that "I can see him".

Eyes of God said...

Matador, your comments make me think of seeing things through the eyes of God - though I don't think of Miss Barbara as God, even though I did like her very much when I was young. To see as God sees means that, as you say, we see the goodness in the things of this world - not because they are good in and of themselves, but because God is in all things. To see through the eyes of God means that darkness doesn’t distract us or preoccupy us – rather we choose to see what light there is, even if it seems to be only a glimmer! This all makes me think of Melissa Manchester’s song – “Through the Eyes of Love” – and she sings “That even in a storm we’ll find some light.” It’s always true if we remind ourselves to look through God’s eyes and see with eyes of goodness, light, and love.