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Sunday, March 8, 2020

A Homily - Second Sunday of Lent (Year A)


First Reading – Genesis 12:1-4 ©
Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 32(33):4-5, 18-20, 22 ©
Second Reading – 2 Timothy 1:8-10 ©
Gospel Acclamation – Matthew 17:5
The Gospel According to Matthew – 17:1 - 9 ©

(NJB)

Second Sunday of Lent (Year A)


Listen!

It is possible for the entire world to be blessed through the actions of a single person.

God, the creator of the universe, God does not intervene in human affairs. God does not show preference to one nation above another, one tribe over another or one person over their sister and brother.

God does not build nations, or intervene in their progress to make them great.

God does not distribute blessings and curses capriciously.

God has made every person, and the entire universe free.

Be mindful of this!

It is fitting to praise God. It is wise to trust in divine mercy; though do not expect God to rescue you from danger, and do not believe that God’s loves any one of God’s children more than any other.

You have heard this said:

God knows all things, God understands all things, but God’s knowledge is not an abstract knowledge of the particular details of individual events. God understands us, our person, our choices, our lives; God’s understands us even as we understand ourselves, only with a clarity that we could never possess.

Trust in God’s plan for you, and for creation, but do not wait for salvation. God made you well at the beginning, go and share the good news.

We are already saved, our salvation is a gift of grace, and no-one is excluded.

We have been given the power to know the truth and love goodness, we are asked to be kind and show mercy.

Let Jesus show you the way.

Know this!

Before the beginning of time, God’s saving purpose was at work in creation. All that we experience here was conceived in the saving will of God.

Let your mind dwell on this.

God has called us to be holy, at all times the voice of God can be heard speaking in the heart, calling to us, inviting us into a life of compassion and wellbeing.

God, the creator of the universe; God does this out of love. It was God’s plan from the beginning of time, that there would not be one of us, not one child of God, not one being in the whole of creation who is outside of God’s plan.

Jesus revealed this through the love he bore, he showed us the way.

Follow it!

The resurrection does not show us that God has abolished death as much as it reveals that the death of the body is merely a transition, which we all pass through on our journey toward the light.

Consider the Gospel for today:

As Christians we are bound to read it in the context of its truthfulness.

Let the Spirit of Truth guide us, even if it means rejecting the Gospel as it is written.

There may have been an event, when Jesus together with James and John went up the mountain by themselves.

It may have been that in this time Jesus taught his companions the essential message that his ministry was in keeping with that of Moses, the liberator, the law giver; and Elijah, the truthteller.

Something like that may have happened but the supernatural events described in the reading for today did not.

God, the creator of the universe, God does not engage in supernatural activities. God is the author of nature and of its laws. God does not violate these laws for any reason.

It may also be that Jesus wanted to connect his ministry to the mythology of Enoch, he may have taught this to the disciples, to preparing them for his passing and his eventual return.

Jesus did warn the disciples that his ministry would lead to his death, but like Enoch, the Son of Man, death would not stop him.

Jesus may have wanted them to believe this, just as he may have wanted them to believe that the ministry of John the Baptist was being carried on through him.

Be mindful!

Read the Gospel in such a way that you strip from it the fantastical elements, the magic and miracles if they are not treated as metaphors, elucidate nothing. Insisting they are real is contrary to the way.


First Reading – Genesis 12:1-4 ©

All the Tribes of the Earth Shall Bless Themselves by You

The Lord said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your family and your father’s house, for the land I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name so famous that it will be used as a blessing.

‘I will bless those who bless you: I will curse those who slight you.

All the tribes of the earth shall bless themselves by you.’

So Abram went as the Lord told him.


Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 32(33):4-5, 18-20, 22 ©

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.

The word of the Lord is faithful
  and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
  and fills the earth with his love.

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.

The Lord looks on those who revere him,
  on those who hope in his love,
to rescue their souls from death,
  to keep them alive in famine.

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.

Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
  The Lord is our help and our shield.
May your love be upon us, O Lord,
  as we place all our hope in you.

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.



God Calls and Enlightens Us

With me, bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News, relying on the power of God who has saved us and called us to be holy – not because of anything we ourselves have done but for his own purpose and by his own grace. This grace had already been granted to us, in Christ Jesus, before the beginning of time, but it has only been revealed by the Appearing of our saviour Christ Jesus. He abolished death, and he has proclaimed life and immortality through the Good News.



Glory and praise to you, O Christ!

From the bright cloud the Father’s voice was heard:
‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’

Glory and praise to you, O Christ!


The Gospel According to Matthew – 17:1 - 9 ©

His Face Shone Like the Sun

Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’ When they heard this the disciples fell on their faces overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them. ‘Stand up,’ he said ‘do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus.

As they came down from the mountain Jesus gave them this order, ‘Tell no one about the vision until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.’



Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Homily – Mark 10:2-16 ©


The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.10.07
                        

We Are One

The reading for today brings us to the heart of the gospel:

What God has united, man must not divide.

We should be clear about this, because on it rests the entire foundation of Christian faith and hope.

The greater truth is this:

What God has united, man cannot divide, and we must not even try.

While the reading for today begins with a discussion concerning the practicalities of divorce, and human relationships. In actuality it is a discussion about our fundamental relationship to God, and each other.

We are created in unity, with one another and with God. There is nothing we can do to tear that unity apart.

In John’s Gospel we read that all things were created in and through God, exist in God, by the will of God, and that without God not one things comes into being.

In this sense our fundamental, ontological relationship to the creator goes to the core of our being.

This is true of our relationship to God, and through God it is true to our relationship with each other.

Our relationships with each other are a part of the reality of our being, relationality is a dimension of our existence. Our relationships do not just include our family and friends. We are in relationship to every other person who is, ever was, or ever will be, even those we despise, even our enemies.

We cannot change this, even the power of sin cannot alter this reality.

Here is the truth.

When I say this goes to the root of Christian faith and hope, I am speaking of salvation.

The salvation of one is not possible without the salvation of the whole, because the whole exists in the part, as the part does in the whole.


What God has United, Man Must Not Divide

Some Pharisees approached Jesus and asked, ‘Is it against the law for a man to divorce his wife?’

They were testing him. He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’

‘Moses allowed us’ they said ‘to draw up a writ of dismissal and so to divorce.’

Then Jesus said to them, ‘It was because you were so unteachable that he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. This is why a man must leave father and mother, and the two become one body. They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide.’ Back in the house the disciples questioned him again about this, and he said to them, ‘The man who divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another she is guilty of adultery too.’

People were bringing little children to him, for him to touch them. The disciples turned them away, but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ Then he put his arms round them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing.


27th Sunday in Ordinary Time