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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!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

October 29 Homily Prep

-Last Sunday's homily is available by email
-This Sunday's Scriptures can be found at
-check out this week's LinC Letter on the back of the parish bulletin or at
-I will be celebrating the 6pm mass on Sunday at St. Albert the Great and the three weekend masses at OLG in Hinckley.

Thumbnail image

The gospel text today gives us a thumbnail image if you will that summarizes all the teaching, ministry, and mission of Jesus Christ. I titled this post as “Thumbnail” as a reference to a profile picture, thumbnail, on ones Facebook Acct, Instagram, Twitter, email or text messaging account. To love God and your neighbor as yourself is this thumbnail version of all that God has called us to.

 In fact the 10 Commandments, as we learned during this falls Bible study, are a similar thumbnail image of this teaching of Jesus. The first three commandments are about love and honor of God and seven remaining are about the love of neighbor.

 I’m imagining that Jesus has introduced to us a new quote Trinity” that might be helpful to us in our respect life month which we are concluding this weekend. The trinity is God, self, a neighbor. What Jesus is expressing is that we are to see in all three of those persons that God who is love. We have to know God as love, we are to know and love ourselves as the image of God, a child of God, and we ought to see God‘s face upon our neighbor and love him/her as we love God.  A new Trinity.

We  might see this summary statement, thumbnail icon, in the holy Eucharist, the celebration of mass. It is a thumbnail summary of our Christian lives. We are what we celebrate and what we celebrate is what we are called to be now and into eternity.


Fr. Estok said...


Fr. Estok said...

I guess I have not had the settings right on this blog allowing comments. I hope I have fixed it.

JoyFuralle said...

Interesting. I like the direction & it’s making me think. My initial thought was I have a hard time actually SEEING the thumbnails: have to get my reading glasses ... and I have to keep up with the meaning of the symbols on thumbnails on electronics ... Imagine not knowing as so many don’t!

Peg said...

Father Ed, I like the thumbnail image idea. The thumbnail is something that draws us in and makes us want to know more. We want to explore the thumbnail in closer detail. Like looking a state map image in an atlas and seeing the city inset which allows us to put things into something more relatable.

Celia was telling me that she has a friend that doesn't always know what to say his crush in conversation. She told him to use the pyramid theory. Start with something broad like 'hello, how was your day' and then hone in on the details and find a commonality that can be shared.

I think the thumbnail has great potential - Peace

3 in 1 said...

I was intrigued with the suggestion that we consider this Trinity way of loving. It has me stretching my mind to see God in a new way and applying the call to love in all 3 areas, which can be caught up into the one God who is Love. I always appreciate the nudge to see God in new ways and to know him more deeply.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what a thumbnail is in the electronic world, but I do know what it is in the Creative world. A thumbnail sketch tells the gist of the concept before doing a full compositional layout. What you have shared here parallels that same idea.
"We must do Everything with Love in order to come to God's Pure Love". Celebrations are a method --a Way--to this Love.
I enjoy reading this blog--Thank You.