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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 6, 2018

Jan 7 Homily Prep - Epiphany

-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 mass at St Albert at 6pm on Sunday.   I will celebrate masses at our Lady of Grace on Saturday at 4:00 PM, and Sunday at 8 AM and 11 AM

Turn, and Walk Away

 On this fourth feast of the Christmas season the message of incarnation comes to us in the image of the magi.  As with the other Christmas feasts the church is asking us to see God in the pilgrimage of human life.  That presence of God made visible is powerfully image in the journey of the magi. In Christian parlance we we might Re-image it with the concept of pilgrimage.  The Magi have a vision and they journey to fulfill it.

 Very important part of the journey of the magi and Christian pilgrimage is the notion of conversion. In fulfilling their vision (paying homage to the newborn King of the Jews) and returning home they change( conversion)  the direction or the manner in which they are walking. They went home by another way. The real purpose of pilgrimage  is to for fill the journey by changing the way we walk.

 In the journey or pilgrimage of the magi we can see an invitation to reinterpret our Christian life. That new interpretation would be marked by vision and conversion (turning about).  So, the question for us as we consider our Christian life is 1. Do we  see our life as a pilgrim journey toward deeper communion with God? And 2. Can we make the necessary turnabout(s) to fulfill that vision of our life‘s journey?

 What do you think?

1 comment:

Pilgrim Person said...

I like your reflection very much and I see the call to Christian living in what you say. I visited with an elderly homebound woman recently and her daughter was present for our prayer together. When I read just a bit of the Gospel passage for this weekend, the daughter commented how much it applied to our lives because we all have to find the right path to take as we journey through life.

It's that discernment of the right path that I think can also be challenging. I notice in the scripture that the magi are able to discern to which voices they should listen. They chose to listen to their dream and to watch the star that guided them - and they also understood to not listen to Herod. It can be difficult to determine those helpful signs from God but this Scripture helps me to see that his direction for each of us can outshine the other possible options not meant for our taking that could lead us down the wrong path.