This is my homily for Thursday, week 20 of Ordinary Time. Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Imagine if you received an invitation like the one in the gospel. An invitation of enjoying time away from the daily grind, a chance to visit with many people of great importance, and simply the joy of the celebration. The Queen of England invites you to attend an evening with Olympic athletes, heads of state, and your favorite celebrity. All expenses paid. You’d probably want to drop everything and attend! To react any other way seems absurd. Read More
Yet another day begins at Cresson. After morning mass and a few hours in the office, an adventure to Altoona Public Library took place. Some people were in need of having their fingers printed, and the library has the facilities to do this. So after having missed the turn, we pulled into the library. It turns out we turned the wrong way in a uni-directional lot. Then we heard police sirens.
In we walked to the library, and I am sure the librarians will never forget this day…
Fingerprinting was never so much fun! Afterwards we were treated to Olive Graden for lunch. Miriam (pictured in striped shirt) turned to the lady on the elevator with us: “I’m keeping an eye on these three for a while. Would you maybe have a few hours free? You could help me out!”
Summer is a great time. It feels relaxed and there is a certain freedom. I remember this from even when I was working. We recently celebrated the Fourth of July and we have a lot of feast days of some great saints during this time of year as well. On July 4, 1925, the birthday of our country, another event was happening in Italy in Turin. Thousands of sick, poor, and unknown flocked to the mansion of the young man who had visited them and cared for them, and this gathering was a complete shock to his parents who were at best agnostic in their belief of God. These people had heard of his death and wanted to pay their respects. They came in such droves that the police had to shut down the streets. Read More
“He resolutely journeyed to Jerusalem”…Our Lord is not a hippie or a whimp. No, he was not simply some guy who encourages us to just simply float through life being nice He is perfect God and perfect man.
Our Lord is absolutely determined to go to Jerusalem, where He knows He will suffer and die in order to save us from our sins and eternal death. Nothing and nobody is able to stop Him, not even the rejection of the Samaritans. How troubling that must have been…to be traveling through the desert, and the mountains, and to not even have a place to rest. They come near a place, a Samaritan town, and they are refused entry. Not even this deters our Lord! How important it is to us to have a place we call our own, our home. Yet even this was denied our Lord and His apostles, but he continues His mission. Read More
Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win.Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.-1 Corinthians 9:24-25
Jesus says “By their fruits you will know them”. Our Lord expects our lives to be shaped by our faith in Him. Our daily activities have to put our faith into practice. The small things of daily life do in fact matter because that is where our Lord comes to meet us. We do not simply say we are Catholic and then refuse to live up to the Church’s teachings on moral issues. There cannot be a dichotomy in what we say and what we do. When our faith begins to inform our daily lives, we will begin to grow more aware of the areas in our lives that we need to reform, and by being faithful in little things, we will be given the grace to overcome greater difficulties. Read More