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June 13, 2010

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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 

2 Samuel 12: 7-10, 13

    Nathan then said to David, 'You are the man! Yahweh, God of Israel, says this, "I anointed you king of Israel, I saved you from Saul's clutches, I gave you your master's household and your master's wives into your arms, I gave you the House of Israel and the House of Judah; and, if this is still too little, I shall give you other things as well. Why did you show contempt for Yahweh, by doing what displeases him? You put Uriah the Hittite to the sword, you took his wife to be your wife, causing his death by the sword of the Ammonites. For this, your household will never be free of the sword, since you showed contempt for me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite, to make her your wife."

    David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against Yahweh." Nathan then said to David, "Yahweh, for his part, forgives your sin; you are not to die.

     

Psalm 32: 1-2, 5, 7, 11

How blessed are those whose offence is forgiven,
    whose sin blotted out.
How blessed are those to whom Yahweh imputes no guilt,
    whose spirit harbours no deceit.

I made my sin known to you,
    did not conceal my guilt.
I said, 'I shall confess
    my offence to Yahweh.'
And you, for your part, took away my guilt,
    forgave my sin.                           
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You are a refuge for me,
    you guard me in trouble,
with songs of deliverance you surround me.    
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    Rejoice in Yahweh,
    exult all you upright,
    shout for joy, you honest of heart.
    

     

Galatians 2: 16, 19-21

have nevertheless learnt that someone is reckoned as upright not by practising the Law but by faith in Jesus Christ; and we too came to believe in Christ Jesus so as to be reckoned as upright by faith in Christ and not by practising the Law: since no human being can be found upright by keeping the Law.

In fact, through the Law I am dead to the Law so that I can be alive to God. I have been crucified with Christ and yet I am alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me. The life that I am now living, subject to the limitation of human nature, I am living in faith, faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not setting aside God’s grace as of no value; it is merely that if saving justice comes through the Law, Christ died needlessly.

       

Luke 7: 36 - 8: 3

One of the Pharisees invited him to a meal. When he arrived at the Pharisee’s house and took his place at table, suddenly a woman came in, who had a bad name in the town. She had heard he was dining with the Pharisee and had brought with her an alabaster jar of ointment. She waited behind him at his feet, weeping, and her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them away with her hair; then she covered his feet with kisses and anointed them with the ointment. 

    When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know who this woman is and what sort of person it is who is touching him and what a bad name she has.’ Then Jesus took him up and said, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ He replied, ‘Say on, Master.’ ‘There was once a creditor who had two men in his debt; one owed him five hundred denarii, the other fifty. They were unable to pay, so he let them both off. Which of them will love him more?’ Simon answered, ‘The one who was let off more, I suppose.’ Jesus said, ‘You are right.’ 

    Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, ‘You see this woman? I came into your house, and you poured no water over my feet, but she has poured out her tears over my feet and wiped them away with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but she has been covering my feet with kisses ever since I came in. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. For this reason I tell you that her sins, many as they are, have been forgiven her, because she has shown such great love. It is someone who is forgiven little who shows little love.’ Then he said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ Those who were with him at table began to say to themselves, ‘Who is this man, that even forgives sins?’ But he said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’

Now it happened that after this he made his way through towns and villages preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. With him went the Twelve, as well as certain women who had been cured of evil spirits and ailments: Mary surnamed the Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their own resources.

 

June 17, 2007

HOMILY: (2 Sam 12: 7-10, 13; Gal 2:16, 19-21; Luke 7:36-8:3) I hope you will pardon me if I tell a couple of cute stories for Fathers’ Day.

There was a priest named O’Reilly who ran into Mrs. Donovan whom he had married to Mr. Donovan years before.  Fr. O’Reilly asked how they were doing and she said fine, except for a very sad part of their life.  They couldn’t have children.  Fr. O’Reilly said he was on his way to Rome and would light a candle for them so God would bless them with children.  Several years later, Fr. O’Reilly ran into Mrs. Donovan and asked how things were going and asked if they had any children yet.  She said yes, God blessed them with ten children, including three sets of twins.  Fr. O’Reilly said, “praise the Lord.”  And how is Mr. Donovan doing and where is he now.  She said, “he just left for Rome to blow out that darned candle.” 

Someone wrote a story of why God created children (and in the process grandchildren).  Whenever your children are not perfect, take comfort in the fact that even the omnipotent God was not 100% successful with his children.  He made Adam and Eve, and one of the first things he said was “DON’T.”  “Don’t what?” Adam asked.  “Don’t eat the forbidden fruit!”  God said.  “Forbidden fruit!  We have forbidden fruit?  Hey Eve, we have forbidden fruit.”  “No way!”  “Yeah, for real.”  “Do NOT eat the fruit” God said.  “Why?”  “Because I am your father and I said so!”  God replied, wondering why he hadn’t stopped creation after making the elephants.  A few minutes later, God saw his children having an apple break and he wasn’t happy.  “Didn’t I tell you not to eat the fruit?”  God asked.  “Uh huh,” Adam replied.  “Then why did you?”  said the Father.  “I don’t know” said Eve.  “She started it!” said Adam.  “Did not!”  “Did too!” “DID NOT!”   Having had it with the two of them, God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.  Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.  If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven’t taken it, don’t be too hard on yourself.  If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?  

Things to reflect on:

        Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your own.

        The main purpose of holding children’s parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.

        Advice for the day: Be nice to your kids.  They will choose your nursing home one day. 

        And finally if you have a lot of tension and you get a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle.  “Take two aspirin” and “keep away from children.” 

I hope that was not too irreverent.  Seriously, children are a wonderful gift and they are our future.   But sometimes they can be a challenge, so I admire all parents these days who are doing the best they can with their children. I especially wish all of our fathers a very blessed and happy father’s day. 

I’ve said some of this before and if you’ve already heard it, please forgive me.  I had a wonderful father.  He was religious, he was intelligent, he was generous, he inspired his five children to work hard to use their gifts as best they could.  He worked hard to provide for all of us,  yet he had his faults.  He did not readily forgive people who offended him, he was a dictator at home (affectionately nicknamed by my friends “the czar”) and he was an alcoholic who at times did not hesitate to use his physical strength to keep law and order in the home.  And he was strong.  It’s been 27 years since he died.  For a long time I held a lot of resentment toward him, until one day the Lord relieved me of all my bad feelings.  Our Lord helped me see the kind of dysfunctional, alcoholic home my dad came from and I realized he achieved a lot with what he had to work with.  When my resentment was gone, I could respect him and appreciate him for who he was and for what he had been able to make of himself.   Sometimes we forget parents are human and they are the product of the environment they grew up in.  Our Lord also did another favor for me.  He taught me that instead of being angry about the past and blaming my parents for their faults, I should put my energy toward working on some of my own problems.  Having grown up in an alcoholic home, I realized I had much to learn about forgiveness and learn how to deal with conflict in constructive ways.  If we let Our Lord guide us, he will.  I have a lot of positive feelings for my dad for, in spite of his faults, he was generally a very good father. I am grateful for all the good things he did for me.

A lady (not from around here) came to me recently with some marriage problems.  One of her problems was that her husband had grown up in an alcoholic home. It had affected him significantly, but he was in denial (as many times alcoholics and their families are).  There are serious problems in today’s society where many fathers have abandoned their position of leadership in the family or they walk away from their responsibilities and aren’t there at all.  I read recently that the average father spends 37 seconds per day with his children according to a Cornell University study.  Husbands and fathers should not think they have to act like the czar, but they have responsibilities they share with their wives to love God, and each other and to teach their children how to live good lives. 

As we think of fathers, we can’t forget the One who created all of us.  Of course the God we call Father has no gender for God does not have a physical body.  Only Jesus does.  However, the image of God as Father is a convenient and comfortable way of thinking of God for it was the way Jesus most often referred to God when he called him “abba”, an Aramaic word meaning “daddy.”  The late Johnny Hart, who drew the cartoon BC, occasionally indulged in poetry.  He wrote a poem for fathers’ day that you might enjoy: 

Everybody don’t all have a father. 
Some, there are, whose dads have passed along. 
Then there’s some who couldn’t give less bother,
to family situations woebegone. 
With dads you cannot just reach and ‘nab’ one,
but if for some reason you don’t have one,
there’s one on duty, all the time—up there!

Through our Mass today we seek to give love to our heavenly Father who loves us infinitely.  We ask his help for whatever we need. As always at Mass, we join with Jesus, the perfect human being and Son of God to offer our praise, our thanks, our whole selves to the One who has given us all that we have and hope to have.

 

 

 

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