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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, January 27, 2018

Jan 28 Homily Prep

-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 mass on Sunday at St. Albert at 8:00am and 9:30am and at the Cathedral at 12:15pm with our Confirmation candidates

Walking the Talk

Being a prophet is literally to “speak on behalf of”. Moses, the prophet, is referring in our first reading to his assistant Joshua as the one who will be raised up as another " speaker on behalf of God”.  In recognition of the one who is the prophet in our midst, who speaks on behalf of God, is to recognize that we have been visited by God. God is in our midst.

Jesus in the gospel is recognized as “the holy one of God” not only by his “speaking on behalf of God” (as one with authority) but also by his healing. Speaking on behalf of God or being a prophet is to “manifest“ the presence of God in our midst. So that there is such a thing as prophetic living.  So we might take the  popular phrase of “talk the talk and walk the walk“ and restate it prophetically "walking the talk."

 How might we walk and talk or walk the talk in our daily lives so that others might recognize that God has raised up a prophet in the world and thereby conclude that God has visited his people?

1 comment:

Walkie Talkie said...

Just as an aside, this is fun to have this reading at the same time as covering Moses and Joshua in our parish Bible Study!

The more that I reflect on our faith, on right living, and ponder the challenges of daily living in my own life and on a broader scale, I become convinced that compassion is the key to walking the talk of God. When I am most touched by a circumstance (whether it involve me directly or if I'm just an observer) it is because of a display of compassion; OR when I become saddened by a circumstance it is because of the lack of compassion in the situation. This applies to global events (war/genocide) as well as to my own family (bickering/judgment).

Compassion is a quality that Jesus displays over and over and he can't help but talk about it and put it into action with his friends as well as strangers that he encounters.

Compassion requires a generous heart, a forgiving heart, and one that is thirsty to give and receive love. That sounds like the heart of Jesus to me.