2nd Sunday of Lent
In our first reading this weekend we hear the seemingly troubling story of God asking Abraham to sacrifice his only son. Certain situations in our lives, too, can make it seem like God is distant, cruel or mean. Yet, in the end, this story proves God's trustworthiness and faithfulness. Jesus believed in the Father's trustworthiness and faithfulness, even it led him to crucifixion and death...but that crucifixion and death led to the resurrection and eternal life for all of us! Today let us thank God for his faithfulness to us, and ask that we might, through this journey of Lent, become more faithful to Him and more trusting of His ways.
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
We are about to enter into the Lenten season. Lent is an opportunity to encounter God in a new way, to pause the distractions in life and focus on those things that matter most. As you consider what your Lenten resolutions will be, I have a few suggestions: ADD something to your days for the Lord, do something POSITIVE that will provide you with opportunities to encounter Jesus, give God the space, time and attentiveness He needs in your life to speak to you. Don't just give up chocolate this Lent. DO something that will bring you closer to Jesus; GIVE God the time to transform you!
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Paul felt an obligation to preach the Gospel...but he can't be the only one. Every Christian, as a follower of Jesus, is called to be a light in the world, to share with others what God has done for them. So how? How do we share our faith in a way that is attractive but not pushy, engaging but not offensive? I have a few ideas, and I'll share them in this homily. Today's young adults and students are a different generation who require a different way of hearing and experiencing the Gospel - let's be willing to speak a language they will understand!