Homily for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A
Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13
Psalm 146: 6-7, 8-9, 9-10
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Ambition drives us to work hard in school, to get good grades, to go to the best school we can, to strive after internships and jobs, to be better men and women. Our ambitions, however, can sometimes get the best of us. We prioritize our desires and wants over the needs of others; we see our success only through the eyes of the world.
Our readings today remind us the best way to frame and temper our ambitions: humility. St. Thomas Aquinas shows us how humility is a part of temperance, the use of right reason to control and moderate our passions. Humility, for Aquinas, also helps us to be ambitious in the best possible way through absolute confidence in God and His Providence.
In a world where the school we attend, the major we choose, the people we know directly impacts our careers, it is important to remember the need to be equally or more ambitious in poverty of spirit, meekness, humility, purity of heart, and all of the Beatitudes if we truly desire happiness and a meaningful life.
Homily for the 3rd week of Ordinary Time (January 22, 2017)
Psalm 27: 1, 4, 13-14
1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
Jesus starts His ministry in a forsaken place. He goes to a place where nobody else wanted to go. God goes to the darkness. He brings light to the darkness. He calls his first Apostles out of the darkness.
In our lives, we can easily filter out a need for God or shelter ourselves from confronting the reality of our struggles and sins. Jesus comes into our lives at Mass. He bangs on the door. He asks us to repent, to change. He shines His light in our darkness and makes us see how our greatest victory will spring from our greatest struggles.
We can help to peel back the veil by inviting Jesus into our lives in Confession. When the love and light of Jesus shines in the darkest recesses of our hearts, we cannot help but follow the example of the Apostles and to follow Jesus, to change our hearts and our lives, and to help bring His light to all.
Jesus will make each of us fishers of men.
Fr. Patrick Hyde, OP