Chapter 6 of Saint Matthew’s Gospel reminds us that what’s on the inside is what counts. Religion is ultimately inside of us. It certainly has external consequences, but those flow from the interior. We need the interior belief to show on the outside.
We stand in utter need of God’s mercy. As we’re told in the first reading from Ezekiel, in a certain way, God depends on our mercy, too. God wants us all to be saved, but He won’t force it. It’s a gift. The conversation of heart necessary to accept God’s gift depends somewhat on us.
We have a beautiful cycle in this morning’s Gospel. God’s Word comes down from Heaven – His revelation and the Eternal Word, God the Son. Our words go back up to Heaven in the gift of prayer.
The Book of Sirach reminds us that in the same way that our sins wound God, our good works and virtue please him. If our sins make Him cry, our good works make Him smile.
Here’s my homily from this morning. One of my favorite things about going to the movies is the coming attractions. Isn’t that what the upcoming season of Lent is as well? In two days, we commence our 40 day journey with Jesus to His passion, death, and resurrection.
Here’s my homily from this morning. Many times we ask ourselves, “Where can we find Jesus?” We know we can find Him at Mass. But wherever there’s goodness, love, peace, and light– He’s there. We can find Him where we find His works and values being lived.
Here’s my homily from this morning. At the heart of our faith is a biblical wisdom – the trust that if we are in God’s hands everything will be okay. We hear about it in Sirach and the Book of Wisdom, but it’s also still alive today.
Here’s my homily from this morning. Today is the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. A chair is the sign of unity, authority, and wisdom. Those who occupy Saint Peter’s chair – his successors, the bishops of Rome and popes – have a special place in the life of the Church.
Here’s my homily from this Sunday. Heaven and Hell are the ultimate realities. We may ignore or doubt them, but sooner or later we must face them. God’s hope is that we will all be with Him for eternity in Heaven. He showed us the way through His only son, Jesus Christ.
Here’s my homily from this morning. We all know the saying, “Blood is thicker than water.” Jesus disagrees. For Him, the waters of Baptism are thicker than blood.