"I do believe. Help my unbelief.": 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“I do believe, help my unbelief!”
“What will separate us from the love of Christ?”: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“What will separate us from the love of Christ?”
· A great letter to the Romans by St. Paul
· As he continues
o “Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us.”
· I must keep focusing on this, especially when I have moments of nervousness, not knowing the finish line
· No matter what, we must know of his love, seek to his love, not what we can achieve
And with His love, we heard from Isaiah again:
· “All you who are thirsty,
come to the water!
You who have no money,
come, receive grain and eat;
Come, without paying and without cost…”
o Again, this probably makes sense when our lives our comfortable
o But what if you are literally thirsty? No food? No money? Free?
§ These are different around the world in reality.
§ And of course, Jesus is also showing our spiritual journeys
Finally, the connection of the above: five loaves and two fish
· Is the crowd fed? Yes, with a full belly.
· Is the crowd fed in a different way, too? Yes, with a chance to see how God shows us the more important lives beyond this place.
· Body and soul seeking the revolution of redemption.
· Devil tempted Jesus: “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.” He said in reply, “It is written: ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.’”
Elijah, Peter, and Ourselves: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Elijah and Peter have similar experiences
Elijah on the high of a mountain, in a cave
Now Peter’s experience
§ He did so, then, similar to Elijah, “Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;”
§ By the way…isn’t this us today?
§ “…beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter,
and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?””
§ And this too?
Now, aren’t some of us like Elijah, strong, faithful, and trust in what he saw and how he reacted?
· Aren’t some of us acting like Peter, wanting to walk on water, focusing to Jesus Christ, but realizing our fear with all the challenges we see, like the wind, like the storm, like the waves?
· Or, aren’t most of us doing both?
“Lord, save us!” And he will
Or, “Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.”
And he wants to do that too!
We need Understanding Hearts and Right versus Wrong: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
· Swimming in tough water
o Even in calm water—zig-zags vs. straight lines
o Large waves—where am I going?
o Bumping each other like minnows in a bucket
o Where’s the buoy?
o Get me out of this swim!
o Another image for me right now
Here is a great conversation between God and Solomon—the son of King David:
· “The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. God said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”
· Take your name instead of Solomon…imagine this dream at night and God said the same question: “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”
o As typically we ought to ask God for prayers—intercessions
o NUANCE: But again, what if He asks YOU?
How would you answer…not a genie, but God?
· A long life? Health?
· Life of our enemies?
· “I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen,
a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted.
Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart
to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.”
Solomon’s answer was understanding
· Isn’t that a key of life? Or, as we say throughout our history, the virtue of prudence/wisdom?
I think that virtue is crucial today.
· What about some upside-down situations today?
· Again, Covid-19?
o School that is quickly coming?
o No sports on TV?
o No movies in Holywood popping out?
o Carazy news?—right from wrong?
I hope that we may what pray for these virtues—an understanding heart, wisdom, prudence, a map no matter what situation we are in
· And the beauty is that this question from God is a question to help us on our journey
· At the same time He is the one to follow
· And the closer we are with Him, we must be with Him
· And when we are feeling distance from God, this is how we can see His will
Seeds and Sower, Ears and Eyes: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
We heard several times today about seeds
· In Isaiah
o “…till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to him who sows…”
· Responsorial Psalm
o “The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest”
· Gospel according to Matthew
o The sower that sowed on different ground, and the most important to be on rich soil
Each of these are the seeds of God’s Word
So today, I want to speak about this deeper, even beyond the prophetic and Jesus parable…why?
· Jesus challenged his disciples against a secular (or back then, a pagan culture):
o “‘You shall indeed hear but not understand you shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and be converted, and I heal them.’”
I mean, how often is the Scriptures in our public venue today?
· And dare would I also add that we do have citizens that are pagan, heretics, polytheism, atheism, communism, socialism, capitalism, scientism, when God is left alone
· Have you ever read, prayed, or listened to God’s Word every day? Do you hear or see how God’s Word does affect in our society?
· Or, do you remember how often our presidents normally used the Scriptures in their talks (like Abraham Lincoln emancipation of slavery?) Or Marten Luther King, seeking peace and justice? Or our Astronauts orbiting around the moon by reading Genesis 1? Or our public venue with the 10 commandments, on our money, on statutes?
Sadly, many, many people do not hear or see the best news, the most important news, even though that our Bible is not written with our 2020 data.
Please read that Bible and you’re learn a lot, and grow closer to our savior!
Hospitality from Judaism, Christianity and Today with Covid-19? 13th Sunday in Ordinary in Time
13th Ordinary Time
This weekend, here is a curious gift that we ought to give to others in the Old and New Testaments: Hospitality
· I bring this up, even in the Covid-19
· And listen to the very first words in our first reading from Elisha:
o “One day Elisha came to Shunem,
where there was a woman of influence, who urged him to dine with her. Afterward, whenever he passed by, he used to stop there to dine. So she said to her husband, “I know that Elisha is a holy man of God. Since he visits us often, let us arrange a little room on the roof
and furnish it for him with a bed, table, chair, and lamp,
so that when he comes to us he can stay there.”
Sometime later Elisha arrived and stayed in the room overnight.”
During the Jewish culture, from the very beginning of humanity, and around the world today is amazing to still seeing hospitality
· And Jesus challenges us not to just do this to our family and friends, as, in one place said that pagans, tax collectors and sinners to the same
· We are called to give hospitality for those we do not know, the poor, the sick, the hungry, the thirsty, etc.
And here is the deep questions now: how do we show hospitality during Covid?
· I personally think this is the opposite of our individualism—keeping safe our family first, others second
o Well God wants us to support all of His sons and daughters
· How are you showing hospitality before, during or after this virus?
· Yes, we must make good decisions as we would speak about the words like prudence and wisdom, but we are not in this world, but of this world
· We literally have had saints that did give hospitality during the worst pandemics, injustice, and violence, like St. Damian as men, women and children were isolated on Molakai, like St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta who housed in the ghettos in Calcutta, like Dorothy Day, who took any ethnicity or even religion for food and shelter, Pius XII who saved thousands of Jews during the third reich, St. Katharine Drexel with Black and American Indians, priests who tried to dissipate the lynching in Duluth, and any other saints or individuals with missions
So how are you called to give hospitality, even during this challenging time?
Spiritual War with the Wheat and the Weeds: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
16th Sunday of Ordinary Time
The spiritual war
· Recently I have mentioned the City of God vs. the City of Man
· Or our parable this weekend, again with seeds, but with the enemy
o “The kingdom of heaven may be likened
to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.”
§ Wheat and tares…wheat and weeds
· Welcome to humanity!
So there we have, with the good fruit, and the bad fruit, the team with God, and the team with Satan
Yet we have more when we are with God
· For instance
o Wisdom: “But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency,
and with much lenience you govern us;”
o “Lord, you are good and forgiveness…”
o And in a special way during this time is that the Holy Spirit will even give us power without speaking:
§ “The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.”
And at the end of our lives, God is the Judge
· And we ought to listen to the response to this parable with reality:
o “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the evil one,
and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
· Today, many of us don’t want to hear these words from Jesus, bought we should. Like last weekend, we have ears, and we must hear!
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Happy Independence Day!
Once again, what perfect readings from God and the connection between this weekend in the Liturgy as well as the weekend in our Country
And during this weekend, I’ll simply begin with Covid-19, and chaos as while we must learn, listen and discern how God has called us to do in our lives, we also need time to rest, celebrate, and worship, especially at MASS
· “Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion,
shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king shall come to you;
a just savior is he,
meek, and riding on an ass,
on a colt, the foal of an ass.”
· “His dominion shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.”
· (Jesus would go into Jerusalem to offer his life for us…)
Gospel in Matthew 11:
· “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
Jesus Christ gives us love as he is love. He has given us blessings, grace and mercy around the world. And∑ He is THE person to show us all levels of our lives…to serve him well and take time for rest. Both the above are like marathons, but even longer for our entire lives on earth.
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Some upswing great news…
- How do we affect and support the LORD’s rescue of the poor who are oppressed by the “power of the wicked?”
- How do we hear the poor? How about in our own community? Around our state? Country? Around the world? 1/3 of people in the world do not eat or drink well, or even with clean food or clean drink. 1/3!
- Or, what about those in “bonds,” those in our country, especially those that were written in a letter from our Bishops: “open wide our hearts the enduring call to love a pastoral letter against racism”: American Indians, Black and Hispanic brothers and sisters
- How do we walk together with and towards Jesus Christ?
I hope these readings, even deeper in their fullness today, connect with each of our individual responsibilities, and when we seek that truth, then go to Confession, then we may show your mission which is different with each person.
May we always follow Jesus Christ, especially when we must lock in with Him, and not our worldly sinfulness
Come, Holy Spirit. Come, Holy Spirit. Come, Holy Spirit.
To many of you in our family, welcome home!
After Jesus rose from the dead, took time on earth, he told his disciples: “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
As we come to the apex of Jesus birth, presentation in the Temple, the temptation of the evil one, teaching, healing, forgiving, the passion, crucifixion, death, resurrection, ascension He sent the Holy Spirit. BOOM!
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Each of you who has been baptized, who have been confirmed, you have given the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
may the LORD be glad in his works!
Pleasing to him be my theme;
I will be glad in the LORD.”
Come, Holy Spirit!
We continue to move forward in Ordinary Time, though it is interesting that, in some ways, we “slowly” begin this season on this weekend and next.
The Holy Trinity
Some quick, but sacred scriptures
This weekend I would like to share some of the challenging times in which the Trinity has been with me, and many of you
but might have eternal life.”
So seek the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
- “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”
So may we conclude this homily with a traditional prayer to our Trinity
Peacemakers: We must Receive Peace in our Hearts through Jesus Body and Blood before Peace to our Secular World: Corpus Christi
This past week I spoke to my family during one of our Daily Masses that continues to ring in my heart
- Peacemakers…so crucial
And we hear about peacefulness in our readings today:
§ Now this could be a whole different homily (sword is not a physical sword)
§ But will the “world”—think, think, think, the world, not the globe, but humanity full of sinfulness, violence, wars, distruction
§ Has Jesus called true peace with God Father, Son, Holy Spirit like last weekend?
Or, what did Jesus speak in John 6 as we celebrate the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ this weekend?
The Ascension of Jesus Christ
Earlier this week, I enjoyed the Gospel according to John before the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
and again a little while later and you will see me.”
- Now, we know the story, right?
- But be in the minds if you were a disciple of Jesus in about 30 year AD
- I’m guessing that I too would be thinking with my buddies, after I left my family, job, area
§ So some of his disciples said to one another,
“What does this mean that he is saying to us,
‘A little while and you will not see me,
and again a little while and you will see me…”
- Only to realize that you, like St. Thomas the doubter, saw him!
Now we are in the 7th week in the Season of Easter, and where are the disciples in their story?
The Ascension = Boom
that the Father has established by his own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
throughout Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
When he had said this, as they were looking on,
he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.:
But we, like the disciples, must once again think “Wait, what?”
The Walk on Emmaus: Thursday in the Easter Octave
“Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her,
ablaze with light from her eternal King,
let all corners of the earth be glad,
knowing an end to gloom and darkness.”
Happy Easter, brothers and sisters! Happy Easter.
of which it is written:
The night shall be as bright as day,
dazzling is the night for me,
and full of gladness.
On this, your night of grace, O holy Father,
accept this candle, a solemn offering…”
Let us live in the light of Jesus Christ, not only in the fight against this virus, not only in the fight against the sins and evilness in this world but
the one Morning Star who never sets,
Christ your Son,
who, coming back from death's domain,
has shed his peaceful light on humanity,
and lives and reigns for ever and ever. AMEN!” And happy EASTER!
6th Sunday in Easter Season
We have been talking A LOT of our hands!
As this has some important information to curve the Covid-19, in this “short time period” (which also feels like forever), could you think about how much we use our hands?
Start with Mass
5th Sunday in Easter
Happy Mothers’ Day
Fascinating story of time
but chosen and precious in the sight of God,
and, like living stones,
let yourselves be built into a spiritual house
to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
§ “Therefore, its value is for you who have faith…”
- “…but for those without faith
- “The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,
A stone that will make people stumble,
and a rock that will make them fall.
They stumble by disobeying the word, as is their destiny.”
Finally, that analogy with that bird…
4th Sunday in Easter
The sheep and the Shepherd
- But I think it is quite clear, as this coronavirus began, we were seeking, yes, as God’s servants, but to TRULY know THE Shephard: Jesus Christ
St. Peter wrote in his first letter he taught, like Jesus, to those who became scared after Jesus Christ died on the cross
§ His disciples were locked in an upper room, terrified to be killed, like their leader
§ Imagine their fear for three days having no clue what was going on, especially as they gave up their jobs, their families, their houses
§ And what quickly occur?
- “…but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.”
§ Jesus was back!
- And here is where our true Shepherd always protects us, feeds us, and laid down his life for us
- Therefore, we really have only two options
- The first is what we heard in John 10: “A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy…”
§ How are we not focusing to our Shepherd, or the thief: evilness, sin, the world, vices, or sins?
- Or, honing into Jesus own words? “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side.
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
We must follow THE Shepherd
3rdSunday in Lent
As we gather as a family, I think it is to speak about the issue around the world with the COVID-19
- The other side seems like this is ridiculous, a joke, something that is not really hurting anybody
§ Communication with hospitals, nursing homes that often protocols and/or have safety garments
§ Come Holy Spirit
- St. Damien and St. Marianne Cope
- What is God calling you to do?
“we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have gained access by faith
to this grace in which we stand,
and we boast in hope of the glory of God.”
God, may your will be done, and may we serve our neighbors
The second Sunday in Lent
“Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother,and led them up a high mountain by themselves.”
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.”
“…behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;listen to him…they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
- They were afraid!
- “Rise, and do not be afraid!”
Now for you, for us
This weekend, I believe that this passage is to remind us a few truths:
Take these readings to your heart and follow our theme: serve your neighbor
7thSunday in Ordinary Time
- Connection between Leviticus and Matthew
§ You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
I am the LORD
§ Matthew: You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
§ Sermon on the Mount
Who is our neighbor? (son at 92.96 million miles)
So, let’s go deeper than a definition of a neighbor, but what we do with our neighbors in our lives: LOVE
1stSunday of Lent
Salvation History, or God’s saving plan
§ One rule
§ Eve, who was tempted by the evil one and she and Adam turned away from God—who walked in the
cool breeze together—until their reality of choosing sin
- Romans 5: “For if by the transgression of the one, the many died,how much more did the grace of Godand the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christoverflow for the many.”
§ The real fight: Jesus vs. Satan
§ While Adam and Eve did not go against their temptation, Jesus did
And this is why we have these readings as we begin the season of Lent.
And how should we respond?
6thSunday in Ordinary Time
Then Jesus enters the stage
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.”
1. You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
will be liable to judgment;
2. You shall not commit adultery
3. “Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
Do not take a false oath.”
nor by the earth, for it is his footstool;
nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
Do not swear by your head,
for you cannot make a single hair white or black.
Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,' and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’”
He wants us, not for mediocre, but excellence, not sinners, but saints
5thSunday in Ordinary Time
Light and Darkness…AGAIN!
it is set on a lampstand,where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others,that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn…”
“The just man is a light in darkness to the upright.”