A marriage feast images our call to holiness: the union of two into something better, Jesus-centered & ever joyful.
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
A prostitute could go to heaven before I do. This challenges us to see our whole life as a call to mission & service.
God's generosity inspires our gratitude. Our gratitude leads to increased generosity, kindness, and mercy.
Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a
When the Divine Physician approaches us at Mass and in Confession, He does so as Mercy. It's not fun or easy, but mercy and forgiveness change the world
When those different than us challenge us in our walk with the Lord, we realize the radical love and mercy of Jesus and His great desire for all of us to yearn for Him.
Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
Mary did not die. Her life shows us how to live properly in relationship with God.
1 Chronicles 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2
1 Corinthians 15:54B-57
With so many leaving the Church, we can't cling to our fear; we must jump out & run to Christ & show others the way.
1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a
Our prayer life should resemble the account of the Transfiguration. Led by Christ, He shows us His faith, offers His healing touch, and encourages us to rise and not be afraid.
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
2 Peter 1:16-19
Matthew 17: 1-9
A homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14, 22-33
1 Peter 1:17-21
"I don't get much out of Mass."
How many times have we (or someone we know) said this. The sentiment is common. In fact, some people simply never attend Mass because they believe (incorrectly) they can get more out of sleeping in, going for a run, having brunch than attending Mass and communing with the One True God.
As frustrating as this might be, it is completely understandable. G.K. Chesterton once said, "The Mass is very long and tiresome unless one loves God." In other words, Jesus did not die and rise from the dead to make me feel good about going to Mass or receiving Communion, He did all of this so I could love Him and be and do good.