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February 14, 2010

February 15th Holy Spirit Novena
Scripture selection is Day 4 Period II.

The Novena Rosary Mysteries  
for February 15th are Joyful.

  
 

 

 

February 14, 2010

        

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time
February 11, 2007

 

Jer 17:5-8

Yahweh says this, ‘Accursed be anyone who trusts in human beings, who relies on human strength and whose heart turns from Yahweh.  Such a person is like scrub in the wastelands: when good comes, it does not affect him since he lives in the parched places of the desert, uninhabited, salt land.  ‘Blessed is anyone who trusts in Yahweh, with Yahweh to rely on. Such a person is like a tree by the waterside that thrusts its roots to the stream: when the heat comes it has nothing to fear, its foliage stays green; untroubled in a year of drought, it never stops bearing fruit.

1 Cor 15:12, 16-20

 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you be saying that there is no resurrection of the dead?  For, if the dead are not raised, neither is Christ; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is pointless and you have not, after all, been released from your sins. In addition, those who have fallen asleep in Christ are utterly lost.  If our hope in Christ has been for this life only, we are of all people the most pitiable.
 

Luke 6:17, 20-26

He then came down with them and stopped at a piece of level ground where there was a large gathering of his disciples, with a great crowd of people from all parts of Judaea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon.

    Then fixing his eyes on his disciples he said: How blessed are you who are poor: the kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are hungry now: you shall have your fill. Blessed are you who are weeping now: you shall laugh.  ‘Blessed are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of man.  Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, look!—your reward will be great in heaven. This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets.
    But alas for you who are rich: you are having your consolation now.  Alas for you who have plenty to eat now: you shall go hungry. Alas for you who are laughing now: you shall mourn and weep.   ‘Alas for you when everyone speaks well of you! This was the way their ancestors treated the false prophets.
 

 

Homily by Fr. Joe Robinson
Guiding Light: Feed My Soul


INTRODUCTION – (Jer 17:5-8; 1 Cor 15:12, 16-20;
Luke 6:17, 20-26) Life is full of options for people in the
world today, but the Bible tells us that all our options
ultimately will be reduced to two. We either make God
the center of our lives or we don’t. Choosing to make
God the center of our lives will lead to true happiness,
making any other choice may satisfy us temporarily, but
it will in the end leave us disappointed and unhappy.
This was crystal clear to Jeremiah the prophet who lived
at the time of the Babylonian exile. His way of
expressing this truth is crystal clear too.
 


HOMILY – We are more familiar with St. Matthew’s
beatitudes. They tend to be more spiritualized than St.
Luke’s version which we just heard. St. Luke’s version is
a little more puzzling and perhaps unsettling. The Greek
word which is translated here as blessed also means
happy. Jesus is saying some of the most unlikely people
are happy while the ones you would suppose should be
happy are in deep trouble. He is saying happy are you
who are poor, you who are hungry, you who are weeping,
happy are you when people hate you. He goes on to say
it’s bad news for those who are rich, the well fed, those
who are laughing and having fun and those who are well
liked. They face great sorrow and disaster. Pretty strong,
isn’t it!


    Certainly our Lord is not advocating that poverty,
hunger, grieving and being rejected by our friends and
neighbors is virtuous. As a matter of fact Jesus
encouraged people to care for the poor, even to the point
of promising eternal reward to those who feed the
hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit
the sick, etc. And he even invited some people to give
everything they had to the poor. He also had some
friends who had to have been fairly financially well off.
He is simply warning us with forceful language, we better
not build our happiness on partying, being well off and
well liked. Life goes deeper than that and so does our
happiness. Like a tree that sinks its roots deep into the
earth to receive water and nourishment, we have to have
our lives rooted in God, which means obeying the
Commandments, taking time for prayer and having an
active love for others.


    This past Friday I was driving down the expressway
from Dayton and as the wind gusts kept pushing my car
into the left lane, I had to keep turning the steering
wheel to the right just so I could keep going straight
ahead. That’s what I think our Lord is doing here in St.
Luke as he preaches to the people of his day. Like a
strong wind, the values of this world keep pushing us to
invest fully in the pleasures of this life. Our Lord is
trying to pull us back so our lives do not end up in great
sorrow and disaster. We face many options in our lives,
but in the end only one will really count, whether we
have made Christ and his law of love for God and for
each other the central value in our life. If we haven’t,
we will be sorry and it will be too late.


    Anthony De Mello in one of his many inspiring
books gives us a parable of life to ponder. There were a
group of tourists riding in their tour bus. The shades on
the windows were pulled down and they were busy
arguing about what to watch on TV, who had the cutest
outfit, who got to sit where and with whom, where they
were going to eat lunch and they were totally unaware
that they were passing through beautiful countryside:
lakes, mountains, green fields and rivers. Some people
go through life and miss the best parts. The human race
started out on the wrong foot, looking for happiness in
the wrong place and we still do. The God who created
us and who knows us best of all is trying to tell us where
we will find it.


    This week we commemorate, as we do every year,
four chaplains who were on a ship that got torpedoed in
the Second World War. As the ship was going down,
they helped to hand out life jackets to the men on the
ship. When they came to the end of their supply, each
of them took off their own life jacket and gave it away.
They went down with the ship praying together and
encouraging each other. They are a beautiful example of
Jesus’ words, “greater love than this no one has, than
that he lay down his life for his friends.” (Jn 15, 13).
They are also a powerful example of hope in the
resurrection and the next life which St. Paul tells us
about today.


    When we’re young this life seems very long, but the
longer we live the more aware we become of how short
it is. There’s another life beyond this one. God wants us
to be with him, so he can share his happiness with us.
But we have to follow the way he’s shown us. Jesus would
not have bothered to come to us, to teach us, and to die
for us if it didn’t matter how we live our life. Too many
people in society today adopted a credit card mentality
in their spiritual life. You know the credit card
mentality: buy now and pay later. About their spiritual
life they say “I’m not going to worry about it until payoff
time.” I can say that for a variety of reasons that
usually doesn’t work. If we don’t live our faith now, it
may not be there to help us at the end of life.

 

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