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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!



Saturday, January 7, 2017

Jan 8 Homily Prep Epiphany

-Last Sunday's homily is available by email
-This Sunday's Scriptures can be found at www.usccb.org
-check out this week's LinC Letter at www.parishlincletter.blogspot.com
-I will be celebrating mass at 4:00 on Sat and 9:30am on Sunday

Home or Comb

 I am thinking about the revelation of Jesus Christ as Savior of the whole world as seen in the adoration of the magi and the home blessing that we are providing  at all of the masses this weekend. All of this under the umbrella theme of living a shared life in communion.

 On the feast of  the nativity and of Mary the mother of God I was encouraging us to examine the insular or insulated lives that we live even in very close quarters, habitual relationships, marriage,  Family, church. While we can on the outside and even in our minds believe we are sharing a life, too much of life proves that we are simply sharing space.

I have used the image of a beehive or honeycomb to present this "very close quarters but separate insulated lives". We can accept simple geographic proximity as a Shared life. Such proximity is a sad imposter to sharing life and love-communion.

As I described on the feast of Mary the mother of God we can insulate ourselves  in life by putting up the walls of resentment, anger, defensiveness, fear, self loathing etc. It is also possible, however, that we pigeonhole the people in our lives so that we enslave them or inprison them in our judgment of them.   So we build a wall around them because we think we know them and of course we cannot trust them to change.

 The feast of the epiphany is a startling revelation of the fact that all of humanity is called to worship our God. That we are a human family made in the image and likeness of God and that our God has come to save all of us. The home blessing that we will distribute at the end of masses today  can be seen as an invitation to open the door of our heart to at least one person. As we say the prayer of blessing and mark the lintel of the door of our home let's say the blessing over our hearts, our families, our marriages. Let's break down the wall of emnity  that divides us ,separates us even when we are living in such close proximity -  one to the other.

In Christ Jesus we are one person. This delusion of private life, that it is my life, and that no one can  be involved or certainly impact my life is the spirit of the world which Jesus Christ came to conquer.

 Let us come to life in our home by sharing life with those closest to us. It is God's intention from the beginning and it is Jesus' mission as savior of the world

1 comment:

Courage and Love said...

Recently a friend of mine described how his family is just this way the Matador describes. The family - as he was growing up and even to this day (he is now a grown man with his own children) - does not enter into deep, trusting and loving relationships with one another.

The interesting thing to me is that it wasn't until my friend himself went through a significant conversion of faith that he actually "saw" this. Now that his perspective on all of life has changed, and he sees the real truth of life lying in the acts of deep love with those around him - the reality of the family life he had while growing up became vivid to him. It wasn't until his own relationship with God had become so real and deep and important to him, that then his eyes were opened to the value of deep encounter with others in his life. And with that new awareness he went to his family and laid it before them with love.

What a grace - and what a beauty his realization is. It follows the direction this piece from the Matador offers and gives light to what such a change in life can look like for any one of us who has the courage to go deeper into this mystery of God's love.