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-I will be celebrating mass at 5:30pm and 8:00am on Sunday
Several years ago I was in the habit of using the phrase, "I don't care". Now, it may seem innocent enough and I was certainly using it in an innocent way. What I mean is that I wasn't saying to people that "I don't care" I was just saying that in regards to the question they were presenting me "I didn't have an opinion one way or another."
What I came to find out is that in spite of my intentions, the words "I don't care" were heard by people as that I didn't care about them, their issue, or our conversation. That's when I realized that I had to stop saying "I don't care" in every circumstance and in every conversation. Because I DO care.
In this process of growing as a leader in the church especially, I became familiar with a very good expression. It is this one, "People don't care about what you know, until they know that you care." Our God cares about us, cares for us, and will NOT leave us orphaned.
There is so much insecurity in the human family. People are unfamiliar with the providential care of God. The prophet Isaiah says, "I have carved you on the palm of my hand". Religion today is not successful in communicating the preciousness of persons. Our Catholic community is often too large and too liturgical and too dogmatic to communicate God's care for each person.
Do you know that you are important to God, that God cares for you, that God has carved you on the palm of his hand?
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!