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Get into the ring! How this works...

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 21, 2017

January 21 Homily Prep

-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 5:30 on Saturday, 12:15 mass at the Cathedral and 6:00pm at St. Albert on Sunday

Back to Square One

Jesus in the Gospel today fulfills the ancient prophecy regarding Zebulon and Naphtali as the beginning of his public ministry. Why so? Evidently Jesus saw the beginnings of his work of salvation in the light of reclaiming the ancient tribes of Israel beginning with those first lost. Nine centuries before the time of Jesus Christ the tribes of Zebulon and Naphtali were exiled by the Assyrians.  Six centuries before the time of Jesus finally the southern tribes of Judah, Israel, were exiled. They all had to be reclaimed according to the order they were lost. Jesus, according to the angel who gave him his name, "Will save his people".

 It is also in that ancient territory to be reclaimed for God that Jesus found and called his apostles. He called his apostles for two purposes. First, he called them to be with him.  Second, he called them to be sent from him. This being "called and sent" out of the place where one is lost might invite us to consider the beginnings of our separation from God and the source of our salvation.

So, let's go back to square one. Let's remember where we were when we were saved. Let's recognize that we were in fact called not simply to come home from exile but we were called from being lost so that we might be sent. The apostle is one who, most perfectly like Jesus from the Father, is sent.

Where were you when you were lost? Well, where were you when he called you? And how have you been sent?

2 comments:

Tom Sawyer said...

we are called out of our brokenness, loss, pain, to fulfill Christ's will & work. It is in this condition where we humble ourselves, abandon our self interest and ask God "am I where you want me to be? Am I doing what you want me to do?" He makes the path clear when we suddenly in our aimless worldly state realize where we should go.

Not Just I said...

I like that idea of being called NOT ONLY out of exile - but also so that we might be sent. It's a great reminder that we are actually chosen people - we are meant to be active agents in God's plan of redemption. That means that not only was I found - but I was found for a reason. My salvation is not only for my sake - but for the sake of others. We are never only "I", but "I" with and for others. I think this homily reflection shines that light on the Gospel very nicely! :-)